*Look Elsewhere For People To Blackmail- Tinubu
A staunch supporter of the Senate President, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has alleged that foremost leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is out to get at him with plot to remove him from the Senate.
Melaye said Tinubu has been working in convert with the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) on the plot to use a legal process to perfect the plan.
Melaye told newsmen in Abuja that he got the wind of the plot against him by Tinubu and Adoke through a senior Journalist based in Abuja, stating that the Journalist was involved because he forwarded a legal brief by his opponent, Senator Smart Adeyemi to Adoke.
The motive behind the brief sent to Adoke, according to him was to enable the former Attorney General look for a judge in the Court of Appeal for assistance on behalf of Adeyemi to get him out of the Senate.
Meanwhile, Tinubu in a swift reaction dismissed Melaye ‘s allegation, which he described as a lie cooked from his kitchen of malice.
Melaye told newsmen that the plot to remove him from the Senate was in connection with his strong support for Senator Bukola Saraki to become the Senate President.
He said he had no regrets whatsoever supporting Saraki, just as he said the plot to remove him as a Senator will never see the light of day because he has the support of God.
He said: “I have no regret supporting Senator Saraki and my electoral victory was ordained by God and not by man.
Therefore, no mortal can reverse it, in God I trust, no matter how desperate they might be. I am privy to an electronic mail sent to Adoke by an Abuja-based senior editor who is close to Tinubu in which he forwarded the court papers filed by Smart Adeyemi at the tribunal to Adoke.
In the said e-mail, Adoke was told to look for a trusted Justice in the Court of Appeal who would be useful for Smart Adeyemi.”
The Election Petition Tribunal in Lokoja had upheld the election of Melaye who was elected on the platform of the APC.
The Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by a former chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and former chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Mr. Smart Adeyemi, for lacking in merit.
Delivering judgment in the suit, Chairman of the three-member tribunal, Justice Akon Ikpeme, described the petition by Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “incurably defective.”
According to Justice Ikpeme, the petition ran contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).
Adeyemi had taken Melaye to the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Lokoja, citing alleged irregularities in the conduct of the election as well as the result declared by INEC on March 28, 2015.
The conclusion of the Judge was that “the case be dismissed as abandoned.”
Some legal practitioners including Messers Ricky Terfa (SAN); Femi Falana (SAN) and civil rights activist, Festus Keyamo, have offered free legal services to Senator-elect for Kogi West Senatorial District, Otunba Dino Melaye.
However, Tinubu in his reaction through a statement issued by his media aide, Sunday Dare told Dino to look elsewhere for people to blackmail .
He said the lie told by Melaye cannot fly anywhere as he could not remember the last time he saw or spoke with Adoke .
The statement titled: “Look elsewhere for people to blackmail”, reads; “This is another lie from their kitchen of malicious lies. They are all over the social and traditional media spewing lies and planting stories. We are not about that. Nigerians are not as gullible as they think.
“He is aligned with people who want to kill the party,APC, and we wish him luck, but they will not succeed because the party belongs to the Nigerian people. This blackmail like other ones will not work. It cannot stick. Adokie? Who is he? Tinubu cannot recall when last he saw him or even spoke with him. Dino should look elsewhere for people to blackmail.”