Monday, 1 August 2016

Why Nigerian Senate must sanction Dino Melaye —Princess Bunmi Jegede

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Princess Bunmi Jegede

Princess Bunmi Jegede, an Abuja (North Central) Nigeria based international business woman has reacted to the Tuesday July 12 fracas between Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West and Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the All Progressive Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who equally represents Lagos West Senatorial district in the National Assembly.

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Speaking in Abuja  over the weekend after a delegation of business women paid her a visit in her Asokoro, Abuja home, Jegede declared that Dino’s conduct to Tinubu was not only stupid but foolishly abnormal.

Remi Tinubu

Genesis of the Clash
On Tuesday July 12, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Oluremi Tinubu were said to have fallen into an argumentative melee which allegedly led to the male senator using some derogative words on his female counterpart. Melaye who has a record of bad public conduct right from his days at the lower house was said to be making a presentation and allegedly used innuendoes to describe some senators whom he suspected of not supporting the leadership of his alter ego and friend, Senator Bukola Saraki  (Senate President) whom Dino once helped carry his wife’s bag during a visit to the office of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFFC). His innuendoes had allegedly drawn the ire of Senator Oluremi Tinubu who was said to have told a bewildered chamber that Dino was harassing her. The Female Senator was said to have stood up the second time saying “This thug must be tamed” which made Dino to stand to her and said “You are very stupid”. Senator Tinubu replied back by saying “You are a Dog” and at this junction Dino was alleged to have reacted back by threatening to beat her up and impregnate her as well and that nothing will happen if he impregnates her”.

Dino Melaye
Those two words “I will beat you and impregnate you and nothing will happen” allegedly said by Senator Dino Melaye to Senator Oluremi Tinubu later drew public anger as many Nigerians condemned those vulgar outbursts from a disntinguished Senator of the Federal Republic to his colleague.
Dino later denied ever using the vulgar words on Tinubu at a press conference with parliamentary correspondent on Thursday July 14. In defending himself, Dino said “It is fallacious, malicious and a lie that I said I will impregnate Mrs. Tinubu. Biologically, it is even impossible to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu because she has reached menopause”. On his second statement that he will beat and sleep with Mrs. Tinubu, Dino reacted “If you also look at that statement for those of us who are intellectually mobile, how can you say you want to beat somebody and at the same time you want to impregnate the person? If you juxtapose the two (words) is there any correlation? Does it make any logical sense? So, when they planted this falsehood, they did not think deeply”

“I am sorry; I think the Okun people are in need of decent leaders. The same thing that happened to Ekiti People is what is happening to the Okun people. They are in short supply of decent leaders for political leadership and that is why we see wife bashers, street fighters and women abusers like Dino Melaye taking up the mantle of leadership as representative of Okun People at the National Assembly” 

Bola Tinubu

However 3 weeks after the war of words between the two elite politicians, Princess Bunmi Jegede the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Honey Bee Textile Ltd  came strong on Senator Dino Melaye describing him as a man who lacks common sense and scruple. Speaking after an encounter with a group of business women who visited her Abuja over the weekend, Princess Jegede who just returned from a trip said “I am very embarrassed with what (Senator) Dino Melaye did. It is not just an insult to the committee of gentle men of conscience and scruple but a total abuse to the institution of motherhood and womanhood”
Princess Bunmi Jegede a B.Sc holder in Sociology from University of Abuja wondered what the Nigerian society is turning into with adults of Dino’s caliber holding position of leadership in a democratic government.  “I really pity the people of Kogi West. The Okun people are some of the best set of people in Nigeria. They are frank, honest and intelligent. I have met and had business relationship with some. But I am totally embarrassed that Dino Melaye is from Okun land. I am sorry; I think the Okun people are in need of decent leaders. They are in short supply of decent leaders for political leadership and that is why we see wife bashers, street fighters and women abusers like Dino Melaye taking up the mantle of leadership as representative of Okun People at the National Assembly”

Bukola Saraki

The Oke-Ana/Iwaraja—Ilesa-Osun State born Princess Jegede who is also a supporter of President Buhari’s government said she never heard of Senator (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu ever being insolent to anybody in her political career “I don’t know Senator Oluremi Tinubu personally. I have never met her before but like they say, injustice to one is injustice to all. I felt deeply embarrassed when I heard what transpired between Dino and Mrs. Tinubu on Tuesday July 12. For the 8 years she was the first lady of Lagos State, we never heard of any scandal about Mrs. Tinubu. For the six years going that she has been representing her people of Lagos West Senatorial district, we never heard of her getting involved in any scam or scandal of any sort. She has a clean bill as long as public office is concerned. But we cannot say that of Dino Melaye. From the onset, Dino’s role in society is suspect. Don’t forget that this same character was the one who fought publicly with his clothes torn apart in the 7th National Assembly as a member of the house and he was suspended until he emerged as a senator. If not for the massive goodwill of President Muhammad Buhari, Dino will never had won that election. He climbed Political prominence on the goodwill of President Buhari and APC. In between, we have heard of him beating up his wife and divorcing her. We have heard of him impregnating a famous Nollywood actress and denying both mother and child after birth. We have heard of him escorting the wife of a colleague to EFCC and carrying her hand bag like a Body Guard. So, who is DinoShe asked before continuing. “Dino is nothing but a thug”. “He is a thug. He was formally with General Buba Marwa, following him about as a thug. So, why should he get angry being called one? Mrs. Tinubu will not be the first person to call him a thug. Even General Obasanjo confirmed that Dino Melaye is a thug and either you call him a Senator or whatever, a thug is a thug”
Princess Jegede who is one of the few respected women in the Abuja business circle wants the leadership of the Senate to punish Dino Melaye for insulting Senator Oluremi Tinubu “You see, I don’t need to know Mrs. Tinubu. I don’t need to be her voice in any form but I think what Dino did to her is a big insult to womanhood. Dino would have been more honorable if he kept his cool and ignored her. But that is not the turf of a thug anyway. A thug will always be a thug”.  Princess Jegede wants the Nigerian Senate to punish Dino Melaye
“I want the senate to set precedence, a good precedence; that in politics, decency matters. That in politics, you don’t abuse leadership. Mrs. Tinubu is not Dino’s mate in both marriage and political achievement. She seniors him in everything in life and political profile. She is a mother and a wife; you don’t insult people’s wives. Yes, somebody will say ‘you don’t abuse people’s husband too, I agree. Even if Mrs. Remi Tinubu abused Dino Melaye, whose husband is Dino Melaye?”
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“Is he Mrs. Bisi Ibidapo-Obe’s husband or Mrs. Dino’s husband, a bachelor senator? I sympathize with people of Kogi West for entrusting their political destiny in the hands of such a tactless fellow. I think the Senate needs to sanction him. I believe if that is done, the senate as a primary institution of ethics and credibility would have shown the world that under no circumstance should we uphold  brigandage of political hooliganism against  the institution of womanhood”

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