Elder statesman Senator Ayo Fasanmi yesterday called for the suspension of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) from the National Assembly for an alleged unruly behaviour, stressing that his action has dented the image of the hallowed chambers.
Melaye verbally assaulted Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) during an Executive Session. He has been roundly condemned. The Kogi West Senator said he was reacting to an abuse by Mrs. Tinubu.
Lagos Central All Progressives Congress (APC) leader Prince Tajudeen Olusi, who demanded an apology from Melaye, said stakeholders from the district will petition the Senate.
Southwest and Lagos APC Women Leader Chief Kemi Nelson said women will storm the Senate to protest the alleged intimidation of Senator Tinubu.
Fasanmi urged Nigerians to examine the quality of federal legislators, saying that senators and House of Representatives members were not associated with bad behaviours when he was a member of the National Assembly in the First and Second Republics.
In his solidarity message to the emergency meeting of Lagos Central District leaders and stakeholders held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos Mainland to reaffirm their loyalty, confidence and support for Senator Tinubu, the party elder urged the Senate and the APC to sanction the Kogi senator.
He said: “I am very sad about what is going on in the Senate. All former senators and members of the House of Representatives should be sad. Senator Dino Melaye is rude to a woman of substance and a diligent senator who has brought pride to the party, her constituency and the womenfolk. He should be suspended from the Senate with immediate effect.”
The meeting, which was presided over by Olusi, was attended by former Minister of State for Defence Chief Demola Seriki, House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, Mrs.Nelson, former Secretary to the Government Hon. Omotilewa Aro-Lambo, House of Representatives member Hon. Jide Jimoh and State Vice Chairman (Lagos Central) Comrade Fuad Oki.
Also there were former House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Hon. Toun Adediran, Lagos APC Acting Secretary Hakeem Bamgbola, Publicity Secretary Joe Igbokwe, Chief Tayo Oyemade, Prince Murphy Adetoro, Alhaji Mutiu Are, Hon. Babatunde Kolawole, Hon. Lanre Oshun, Hon. Tunde Balogun, Hon. Bola Olumegbon-Lawal, Hon. Bolanle Akinyemi-Obe and senatorial Women Leader, Mrs. Otitolaye.
Party faithful, who carried placards to protest the alleged attack on Mrs. Tinubu were angry. Some of the placards read: “Dino, acclaimed woman beater”; “Melaye, come to Lagos”; “Dino has no sense of dignity”; “Dino has no shame”; and “Thug Melaye”.
Following a motion by Jimoh, the stakeholders urged the Senate to suspend Melaye for taking a wrong step and to prevent a future occurrence.
Describing Mrs. Tinubu as a no mean senator in the mould of the late Senator Wuraola Esan, the Iyalode of Ibadanland, and Mrs. Margret Ekpo, Prince Olusi, who is a former member of the House of Representatives, said she has lived up to expectation as a credible representative, humanist, philanthropist and woman of integrity.
He said the district ‘s petition will highlight the effects of Melaye’s bad behaviour.
Olusi added: “Senator Oluremi Tinubu is the representative of the premier senatorial district in Nigeria; the Centre of Excellence and the seat of commerce. We have to remind those who have forgotten that the first legislative chamber and colonial secretariat were established in the district. When tax suffrage was the basis for election, Lagos had three members – Dr. Adeyinka, Adeleke Adedoyin and Dr, Nnamidi Azikiwe.”
Taking an exception to Melaye’s action, Olusi said: “Dino Melaye is a senator, but not a distinguished senator. He has not distinguished himself in anything that is honourable.”
Nelson, the Yeyesewa of Lagos, said: “It is wrong for anyone to raise his hand to beat up a woman. Lagos is a mini-country and anybody who offends Lagos has offended the whole of Nigeria. Nigerian women have given Melaye a red card. We will occupy the Senate in Abuja.They want to scare women away from politics. Husbands will now begin to discourage their wives from participating in politics.”
Thanking the stakeholders to decrying the brutality and intimidation, Oki said the Lagos Central District has called for the investigation of the incident.
Adediran observed that the attack on Mrs. Tinubu was an attack on her husband, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, adding that Melaye must apologise.”
Third Republic member of House of Representatives Aro-Lambo said Melaye’s unruly behaviour has dented the image of the National Assembly, adding that representatives of the district will storm the National Assembly to register their displeasure.
He stressed: “I am personally saddened by the bad behaviour of Dino Melaye. There is no former senator or House of Representatives member who will not be sad. Remi Tinubu has endowed her seat in the Senate with visibility and honour. She has not been warming her seat. That’s why she has become the target.”
Seriki frowned at Melaye’s vulgar language, saying the