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Senator Dino Melaye, yesterday, said he was provoked by Senator Oluremi Tinubu into a verbal altercation in the Senate’s closed-door session of on Tuesday and dismissed cautions from her husband, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he was neither God nor his political patron.
Melaye was speaking to the media clearing the air from the altercation between Senators Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) and Remi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) which saw both lawmakers calling each other names and charging at each other.
In his reaction to news reports of his use of violent language and physical threats against Senator Tinubu, Melaye, at a press conference in the Senate Building, said most of the reports were exaggerated, even as he admitted using violent language upon her after she allegedly called him a dog and a thug.
The Kogi senator is said to have accused the senators of being used by the presidency to destabilise the Senate and warned them to be ready to face the consequences of their action.
“You should go and tell those who sent you that nobody, I said nobody, no matter who he is, can ever control this Senate, ” Mr. Melaye was quoted as saying as he pointed at the affected senators, his face contorted in rage.
Sources at the meeting say when Mrs. Tinubu was recognised to speak, she rose, and said, “I’m just wondering why whenever Senator Dino speaks in this chamber, he is always threatening people and behaving childishly and at times like a thug.
“I think he needs to know that every senator here represents their constituencies. And that there is no need to threaten anyone.
“We are seeking and working towards reconciliation, yet you are busy issuing threats.”
Mr. Melaye jumped up from his seat and charged towards Mrs. Tinubu, saying, “Look this is not Bourdillon (referring to the famous Lagos residence of Mrs Tinubu’s politician husband). I will beat you up, ….. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”
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