Mrs Tinubu Writes Saraki, Odigie-Oyegun, Says Melaye Threatens to Rape Me

A new twist has been added to the ongoing feud between Senators Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central and Dino Melaye also representing Kogi West in the Senate.
In a burst of anger Tuesday last week, during an executive session of the House, Melaye had threatened to beat her up and the same time impregnate her.
Since then there have been backlashes.
However, Tuesday, altercation between them degenarated.
Earlier in the day, Melaye had posted on his Facebook page that Mrs Tinubu had parted with N75m to mobilise a protest against him Wednesday.
He had derided her for spending such amount on protest, whilst she had looked the othet way on issues affecting women.
“Women were killed in Kano and Abuja and Mrs. Tinubu is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs. She did not organise protest over these killings. Mrs. Tinubu has not protested against the skyrocketed price of tomatoes in the market. In the same vein, kerosene is now over N200 per litre and she didn’t organised any protest to that effect. “Instead, she has taken advantage of the prevailing poverty in the land to hire hungry women in the land to partake in an unproductive protest against Dino Melaye. Women like Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Hajiya Gambosa Sawaba, Sarah Jubril, fought for woman race without attacking any man. Oluremi Tinubu should emulate the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandhi, Benazir Bhutto and our own dear Dora Akunyili.
“You can imagine what N75 million will do in the lives of widows and hungry Nigerian women. We dare Mrs. Tinubu to go ahead with her planned N75 million protest in Abuja. We will also mobilise Nigerian women against this ostentatious display of wealth while the average Nigerian women wallow in abject poverty”, Melaye had posted.
But Oluremi Tinuubu, obviously not wanting to be out played petitioned the leaderships of the All Progressives Congress, the party both of them belong.
The petition followed an earlier letter to the acting Inspector of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday, in which she asked for “adequate security” for fear Melaye may kill her.
In Mrs. Tinubu’s letters, forwarded to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Tuesday, she expressed worry that the Senate leadership had not taken action to address Melaye’s “threatening misconduct”.
This is her petition.
“I was duly recognized to speak by the Senate President, after Senator Dino Melaye had spoken and berated some Senate colleagues over their perceived roles in the judicial case involving the Senate leadership.
“Although I remained silent and attempted no interjection during his statement, Senator Dino Melaye tried to abridge my right as a Senator by hectoring at me and interrupting my contribution. At one point, I cautioned him about the use of his language and the threats made, reminding him other Senators were there with equal right as he and represented their constituents.
“In a burst of apparent rage, Senator Melaye charged at me in what can only be seen as effort to attack me. The attack was only prevented by some respectful Senators who moved to impede his path or otherwise block him from approaching closer towards me. I thank those Senators for their personal courage and sense of decorum. Senator Melaye hurled foul and vulgar language at me, what he said should never be heard in any public institution let alone the floor of the Senate. Denigrating me as a woman, Senator Melaye threatened to beat me on the floor of the Senate just because I dared to express my opinion different from his.
“I am both a ranking Senator and a woman. But Senator Melaye took neither into consideration as he issued threats of rape and assault, while boasting he would face no consequence even if he fulfilled these criminal threats,” Mrs. Tinubu narrated.
Mrs. Tinubu, in her letter to Mr. Oyegun, expressed regret that she and Mr. Melaye belong to the same party, and that the silence of the Senate leadership suggested “condoning the errant behaviour of the Senator”.
“Please investigate this matter in order to restore the public image and moral standing of the Party and APC members in the Senate”.
“Melaye’s conduct places the Party in disrepute and undermines the unity needed to accomplish the sober task to reform Nigeria for the better”.
“We must start by ensuring our own members know how to behave, according decorum, befitting their elected positions,
In the letter to Sarak Mrs. Tinubu said “during the session over which you presided as the Senate President, Melaye used blatantly sexist and misogynist language offensive to every woman in Nigeria and every person who truly believes gender discrimination has no place in the Nigeria we are trying to build for ourselves and future generations
“Since the incident I uave refrained from public comments in view of the Senate’s integrity, but Melaye has become unmoored and has since paraded his misconduct in public as if to threaten a Female Senator is a badge of pride”, she concluded.

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