- Senator Dino Melaye has denied claims that he booed President Muhammadu Buhari while he presented the 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 19
- Melaye said in a statement that it was not in his character to do something he could not stand up for and that he would not hide the fact if he did jeer at the president
- The Kogi West senator described allegations floating around as lies made up against him and nothing more
Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied being part of the unruly federal lawmakers who jeered and booed President Muhammadu Buhari during the presentation of the 2019 budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
Daily Trust reports that Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District said he could not have been part of the jeering since he was around the vicinity of the House of Representatives chamber on that day.
Senator Melaye, who is reacting to the allegations which have taken over the social media for the first in almost three weeks, described as lies rumours tying him to the matter.
A statement by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Saturday, January 5 evening, read: "The attention of Senator Dino Melaye has been drawn to a malicious reference to his person on the social media as one of the lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2019 Budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
“Before now, he had refused to refute the mischievious social media fabrication for what it is – a cheap lie – Senator Dino Melaye was not in the National Assembly that day.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye was absent at the televised 2019 Budget Presentation session and hereby challenges anyone with contrary proof to come forward with such.
“By his nature, Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye is not one who speaks and cannot defend his action at the same time. Whatever he says or does, he stands by his actions no matter whose ox is gored.”
Legit.ng had reported that PDP lawmakers welcomed President Buhari to the National Assembly with protest songs while their counterparts from the ruling party, All Progressives Congress were busy cheering him.
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The PDP lawmakers were singing "Freedom comes with Struggle", while the APC lawmakers were chanting "Sai Baba" as the president made his way to the podium to present the budget.
During his presentation, the cheers and jeers continued as the PDP lawmakers booed and the APC ones clapped to overshadow the jeers.
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