- Dino Melaye recalls two memorable days in his life as a senator in the eighth session of the National Assembly
- Melaye noted that one of such days was when thugs invaded the National Assembly and hijacked the mace
- The senator promises to continue to fight for Nigerians rather than succumb to party decisions
Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West, said on Thursday, June 6, mentioned two unforgettable days in his life in the National Assembly, the first being when he cried following the invasion of the upper chamber.
That invasion led to the hijacking of the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, by some alleged hoodlums.
The second was the day Bukola Saraki was elected as the president of the Senate.
Speaking during the valedictory session of the Senate, Melaye said he spent 124 days in police custody in 2018 following the various issues he had with the authorities.
“I have two historical days I will never forget in the history of the eighth Senate. One is a day of joy and merriment and the other is a day of sorrow. The day of joy is the day Bukola Saraki became the President of the Nigerian Senate and Ike Ekweremadu became the Deputy Senate President.
“My day of sadness and weeping was the day my colleague, Ovie Omo-Agege missed it. It was the day precedence turned and desecrated the chamber of the Nigerian Senate.
“The day he laid trail to move the symbol of democracy and authority, out of the sacred chamber of the Nigerian Senate and the day, just as the Bible, Jesus wept. That day, Mr President, I wept,” he said.
Melaye, who praised Saraki, recalled how he often told the Senate president that he cannot be removed.
“When the Governor of Kogi state and his allies planned a recall exercise on me, I was in police custody when the recall failed woefully. I am here to thank God. Because in 2017, I was arrested eight times. In 2018, I was arrested 18 times and out of 365 days in 2018, I spent 124 days in police custody,” he said adding that he only campaigned for four days.
The senator said he had every reason to glorify God.
“Last year, I was arraigned in different courts, federal government versus Dino Melaye, but here am I, standing, and returned undisputedly as the senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said as he promised to continue to work in favour of the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, June 6, reportedly mocked Senator Ovie Omo-Agege during the valedictory session.
Omo-Agege is one of the aspirants for the position of the deputy president of the Senate.
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