Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central Senatorial District has petitioned the leadership of the All Progressives Congress and the Senate over her alleged assault, last week, by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) at an executive session of the upperlegislative chamber.
Tinubu had earlier written to the acting Inspector of Police, Ibrahim Idris, asking for adequate security measure in order to protect her from Melaye, who allegedly threatened to beat her.
In a letter written separately to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Tuesday, Tinubu expressed worry that the Senate leadership had not taken action to address Melaye’s “misconduct” at the closed-door session.
Tinubu, in her letter to Odigie-Oyegun, expressed regret that she and Melaye belong to the same party and that the silence of the Senate leadership suggested “condoning the errant behaviour of the Senator”.
She asked the APC leadership to “investigate this matter in order to restore the public image and moral standing of the party and APC members in the Senate”.
The Senator said 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 to decorum, befitting their elected positions.”
In the letter to Saraki, 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”.
She said she had refrained from public comments in view of the Senate’s integrity, but complained that Melaye “has become unmoored and has since paraded his misconduct in public as if to threaten a female senator is a badge of pride”.