- Senator Dino Melaye has attacked the ruling APC over the appointment of leadership of 9th National Assembly
- Melaye said APC is afraid of Saraki's shadow over their attempt to control Senate in the 9th National Assembly
- The senator, however, noted there is no cooperation agreed upon between the PDP and APC on the leadership of the 9th Senate
The senator representing Kogi west senatorial district at the upper legislative chamber, Senator Dino Melaye has said who becomes the president of the 9th Senate could only be decided by the members not outsiders.
Legit.ng regional reporter, Subair Mohammed, reports that the senator who made this statement in an interview on the Morning Show on Arise TV cable station, wondered why the APC is afraid of the shadows of the out-going Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who according to him, has the capacity to truncate their agenda.
Senator Melaye urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to get out of their high fever and desist from maligning Saraki.
He said: “I don’t know why they are afraid of the shadows of the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki. I don’t know why they are agitated.
''The issue of the Senate presidency can only be done on the floor of the senate, so why are they afraid of the man that they are so traumatised and humiliated. Why do they think he has the capacity to truncate their agenda?
''The APC should get out of their high fever and desist from maligning the person of the Senate President and allow him to concentrate on rounding off his term.
''Let it be known that Dr. Bukola Saraki is the President of the Senate and he will be till the end of his term no matter the ranting and accusation by the APC, we are not perturbed.”
Responding to purported cooperation between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the leadership of the 9th Senate, Senator Melaye said: “There is no cooperation agreed upon between the PDP and APC on the leadership of the 9th Senate.
''There cannot be an agreement between light and darkness. The PDP is the light here. Let me say that when we get to the floor of the senate, we’ll elect the senate president.
''It is at the floor of the Senate that final decision would be made but until then, nothing stops negotiation. Nothing stops lobbying. But as I speak, PDP is yet to make a decision on the zoning of principal positions in the National Assembly.”
Speaking on his motion on the militarisation of the recently concluded elections and the non-application of electoral laws by the electoral body on the floor of the Senate, he said: “There is a vague understanding of that motion.
''APC senators played to the gallery because we were on live TV and they wanted to appreciate their paymaster or godfather as the case may be. Many of them were confrontational and agitated so as to be seen as attacking Dino Melaye and the PDP. The motion was a straight one.
''If in the United States an election was held and a member of the parliament was killed and many innocent Nigerians, youth corps members and lecturers were killed, will the parliament not discuss it on the floor of the parliament?
''My bringing it to the floor of the Senate is for us as senators and not as politicians to have constructive debate and arrive at palliative measures so that such will not repeat itself in future.
''I wanted us to have a robust debate on the shortcomings and inadequacies of the involvement of the military in the elections and their taking over of collation centres in Rivers and other places. I don’t think INEC is a branch of the Nigerian Army.
He further stated that: ''My challenge was about the processes of the election and not to challenge who won or lost because cases are in the court. The fact remains that nothing stops the parliament from discussing the misapplication of the extant laws of INEC and its application by INEC itself.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked against plans by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to impose Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, as the 9th National Assembly Senate president.
It was reported that the PDP senators also warned APC to leave Bukola Saraki out of its plan to produce the Senate president.
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