‘To fight corruption…the president should not have immunity’ – Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West constituency, Dino Melaye has blamed the ambition of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the reason he is being dragged through turbulent waters by some persons.

Dino, who has never failed to utilize any opportunity afforded him to defend Saraki described the many allegations leveled against the Senate President as persecution when he spoke at the Osasu Show.

Speaking to his host, the senator said that the current fracas brewing between the legislative arm of government and the executive over the forgery of senate standing orders only came up because it was obvious the Code of Conduct Tribunal case against the Senate President would fail.

Dino absolved Saraki of any wrongdoing even as he preached against punishing a man for his ambition.

He said, “What the senate president is going through in the CCT from my own myopic point of view, is not prosecution but persecution.”

“We all know that he’s suffering because he had ambition to become the senate president and a man should not be punished for having ambition.”

“Ambition is something every individual who wants to make progress in life should have. In fact, our president is a very ambitious person, that’s why he contested for the presidency of this country, four different times.”

“So it’s not a crime to be ambitious and Bukola Saraki should not be punished for been ambitious. So the CCT trial, for as far as I’m concerned is a persecution and the case is already falling like pack of cards under cross examination and I want to believe it is because of the failure of the CCT ongoing trial that an orchestration was made for the forgery case in the High court.”

He is also of the opinion that to effectively curb corruption, no public office holder should be given any form of immunity by the law.

“As an individual, speaking as Dino Melaye, I do not support immunity for any Nigerian irrespective of status or office. I am one of those actually propagating that the immunity clause be completely deleted in our constitution.”

“The president should not have immunity, the vice president should not have immunity, the governors should not have immunity, their deputies should not have immunity.”

“That would be a very very wonderful way of fighting corruption, and also instituting fear in those who have been indoctrinated with corrupt initiatives.”

“I understand also, the frustration of my colleagues that are asking for immunity clause for the senate president, and the speaker of the house of representatives and their deputies.”

“I understand their frustration, and their frustration is coming from the fact that it is a deliberate effort to undermine and also subject the institution of the National Assembly to become a surrogate of the executive.”

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