‘We’re not lily-livered, he cannot threaten us’ – Lagos Senators berate Melaye

The two Senators representing Lagos state in the Senate, Senators Olugbenga Ashafa and Solomon Adeola, on Wednesday, lambasted Senator Dino Melaye for his verbal assault on Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Tinubu, who is the wife of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress and also a Senator representing Lagos state, was said to have been threatened by Melaye during an executive session of the senate on Tuesday.

Ashafa and Adeola in a statement signed by them said that Melaye used unparliamentary language on Tinubu.

The statement reads, “We the two senators representing Lagos East and Lagos West having reviewed the recent happenings in the hallowed Chamber of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly at the executive session of 12th July, 2016.

“The session dwelt on the running of the Senate and now in the public domain without any denial from the affected parties, we feel compelled to state as follows:

“That we deplore in very strong terms the use of abusive, threatening, uncouth, vulgar and un-parliamentary language by any senator against any other senator, particularly our female colleagues.

“As distinguished members of the Red Chamber, we are strongly in favour of resolving any conflict that has arisen in the course of our representation and national duty through dialogue and due process.

“We will not be part of any solution obtained through any form of coercion, threat, intimidation and ungentlemanly conduct of the distinguished office of a senator.

“We dissociate ourselves from the comments and behaviour of Senator Dino Melaye (APC – Kogi West) at the Executive Session of 12th July, 2016 as we represent our people known for finer character and noble culture of social interaction.

“We equally state that we will be part of efforts to instill and enshrine decorum and gentlemanly conduct associated with the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“While condemning the use of any vulgar and un-senatorial language in all ramifications, we particularly take offence to the use of such abusive and denigrating words against the person of distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC- Lagos Central); as such words greatly demeaned the female gender and the hallowed chamber of the Senate.

“Finally, pursuant to the threat of physical abuse against Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC- Lagos Central) by Senator Dino Melaye (APC- Kogi West), we state that we are not lily-livered and cannot be intimidated or deterred from our primary assignment of representing the good people of Lagos State and carrying out our national duties of law making, even if it entails testifying in court on the side of the truth as part of the resolution of any conflict in the upper chamber.”

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