June 2nd 2019, Senator Dino Melaye who represents Kogi West Senatorial District in the just wrapped up 8th Senate reportedly declared his intention to run for the office of governor, Kogi state.
Melaye reportedly made the declaration Saturday during a meeting of Kogi West PDP executives held yesterday at his country home in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state.
His media aide, Gideon Ayodele, reportedly told Daily Trust the day after that his boss made the declaration during the meeting which held at the residence of Gen. David Jemibewon (rtd), an ex-Service Chief.
“The Senator while soliciting the supports of the party executives, expressed optimism of emerging the next governor of the state,” he said.
The Senator himself later took to his Twitter handle to express his willingness to run for the top job in the state.
The Senator is seen sharing a photograph of himself speaking at a meeting which was accompanied by a cryptic message, wrote: “Kogites, here am I. Send me.”
With this declaration, Melaye has joined the hordes of PDP governorship aspirants jostling to wrestle power from governor Yahaya Bello.
No fewer than 40 aspirants are said to have indicated interest to contest the governorship election under the platform of the PDP.
In the APC, some major challengers, amongst them, a former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibril Usman and Yahaya Audu, a brother to late Prince Abubakar Audu have indicated interest to slug it out with Governor Yahaya Bello during the primary election scheduled for August.
The political atmosphere in the state is gradually getting charged ahead of the November 16 governorship election.
Joining the band wagon, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode this past Saturday said the senator may become the next governor of Kogi State.
He said Melaye may end up as the next governor of Kogi State if he continues to praise God in public.
Melaye, who recently declared his intention to run for the highest office in the state, is known for singing praises to God.
Reacting to the Senator’s declaration, Fani-Kayode in a tweet wrote: “When you praise the Lord before men, He honors you before the world. When you call His name, even in the presence of heathens and unbelievers, he blesses you and gives u the fat of the land. If my aburo @dino_melaye goes on this way he may end up being the next Governor of Kogi State.
A Review Of Dino’s Character and Capacity To Lead
Going by the foregoing, it is pertinent that we review Dino Melaye’s character with a view to see if he really is fit and capable to lead. Does Dino Melaye stand any chance? Does he have what it takes to be a governor? Is he cerebrally fit and capable for the demanding task of governing a state?
These are some of the questions he should ask himself and that Kogi indigenes should begin to ask.
The Senator’s antecedents are well known. A large part of his four years as a Senator was spent battling with law enforcement agencies with constant face-off, grandstanding and melo-dramatic actions.
Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry, his last face off with the Nigerian police when for about a week, he refused to give up himself for arrest preferring rather to lock himself up for about a week in his Abuja home while he consistently dished out lies to Nigerians via his twitter account as regards his whereabouts.
He first declared that he was not in Abuja, saying he would give up himself to the police the week the police issued out the arrest warrant on him. After about three days, he changed his tune, saying the police were after his life.
Again his antecedents on the floor of the Senate has been nothing short of dismal. He has been one of the vocal senators many times for the wrong reasons.
A typical scenario would suffice here.
The scenario in review here happens to be the clash between him and Senator Remi Tinubu on the floor of the Senate back some two years ago.
According to a report on Vanguard, the atmosphere in the Senate had been brweing up and the case here involved the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu, which took a new dimension on Tuesday, July 12, 2019 as the Senate reportedly threatened President Muhammadu Buhari with impeachment.
The mood of the Senate was to suspend those senators and for the upper chambers to prove the supremacy of the legislature and teach the Presidency and the executive a lesson that the National Assembly and the Senate, in particular, be left to carry out its legislative duties effectively without any interference.
But it was at that point the executive session of the Senate went rowdy as chairman Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye (APC,Kogi West), and the chairman Committee on Women Affairs, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), went head to head.
Senator Tinubu was said to have warned the Senate to guard against being reduced to a kindergarten court where senators could just issue childish threats, and called on senators to close ranks and seek reconciliation among themselves. That was when Melaye flew into a rage. “You can’t talk to me the way you talk to other people; you must respect yourself,’’ Melaye was said to have roared.
The statement caused a commotion on the floor as senators but Senate president Bukola Saraki immediately moved to beg and call for peace, against the decision of the senators to suspend those with cases in court.
Those billed for suspension, it was gathered, included Senators Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West); Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North); Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central); Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), as well as other members of Senate Unity Forum (SUF). Still on the rowdy session in the National Assembly, the lower chambers recorded a similar situation.
The scenario above reveals the typical character of the man Dino Melaye.
Dino Melaye has exhibited times without number that he is too much of a scandalous personality for even the lowest of political office.
He was claimed he sought refuge in a tree for about 14 hours, in a way claiming to be some kind of James Bond of Nigerian politics!
In 2017, he was criticized after making a cameo in a music video of Nigerian rapper Kach, who also happens to be the son of the country’s oil minister, Ibe Kachikwu.
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The video for the song, called Dino, features luxury cars, women in underwear, and $100 bills being thrown around. Mr Melaye is also seen stepping out of a sports car, wearing a T-shirt with the word “legend” written on it.
Some Nigerians criticised the senator on social media for the ostentatious display of wealth, particularly at a time when many civil servants in his home state of Kogi were owed several months’ salaries.
The above instances are but a very few of the instances that show how virulent, scandalous and unstable the man Dino Melaye can be.
As the countdown to Kogi’s next gubernatorial election begins, Kogi indegenes must begin to ask themselves if this is the kind of man they really deserve as governor.
As it stands, from his antecedents. and behavioral pattern, Dino Melaye doesn’t appear to have the cerebral and humane capacity to lead even a household talk less of a state!
Let’s have your thoughts below.