by Dolapo Adelana
The senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has said the silence of state Governor, Yahaya Bello over the assassination attempt on his life speaks volume.
On Saturday some assailants invaded Melaye’s home at Ayetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area of Kogi State, shooting sporadically.
In a statement by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, the lawmaker said differences in opinions should not lead to violence.
The statement reads, “Senator Dino Melaye declared his unrelenting resolution to continue to champion democratic courses targeted at good governance, masses empowerment and the Rule of Law. He promised never to relent in his fight against corruption, maladministration, impunity and nepotism.
“No amount of threat, blackmail, name-calling and harassment will stop him from being the voice of the voiceless and the mouthpiece of the common man.
“It is outrageous and high sense of disbelief that four days after the attempt on his life, the Kogi State governor, the Chief Security Officer of the State, has neither called nor visited to know the state of affairs with him as a serving Senator from Kogi State. The Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes.”
The lawmaker stressed that long in the history of Kogi West, various political gladiators had at various times, had their differences, but said none had ever been escalated to the level of attempt on life.
“Chief Awoniyi and Chief Daniyan (both of blessed memory) had their strong differences. Senator Dino Melaye and Prince Olusola Akanmode also had their differences. Arc. Stephen Olorunfemi and Prince Olusola Akanmode and Tunde Ogbeha, also had their differences.
“Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi had their serious political differences. None of these differences was ever escalated to the horrendous level of an assassination attempt.
“The recent incident is alien to Okun people and to Kogi West. The advent of Yahaya Bello as Governor and Taofiq Isa as Local Government administrator in the political firmament of Kogi state has brought this unfortunate socio-political paradigm shift,” he added.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.