By Adenike Lucas
Sentaor Dino Melaye has said he is unperturbed by those scheming to remove him from office and will continue to demand for workers rights – the issue that has seen him being persecuted and almost killed at his house at Ayetoro-Gbede.
Trouble began, when the representative for Kogi West Senatorial district vexed the state Governor Yahaya Bello, by calling him out over his failure to pay the salaries of civil servants in the state.
Senator Melaye, an anti-corruption activist also provoked members of the establishment by standing up for staff members of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, who first revealed to this newspaper the corruption perpetuated by their boss Ibrahim Mustafa Magu.
Over the months, there have been an underhand movement to have the Senator recall from the Red Chambers.
However, the Senator has made it known that the recall is dubious. He cites discrepancies over the numbers of people who signed a petition against him.
Several people from Kogi West, including a man from Ayetoro have sworn an affidavit, to say they were invited by his ward chairman to mobilize signatures of party members.
Other question have arisen over the validity of the petition, because some names of those who have passed away also appeared on the list.
A division of the Federal High Court in Abuja had in July 6, halted the plan to recall the lawmaker who was voted best senator in 2016.
However, today Nnamdi Dimgba, dismissed the petition.
The Senator who says he’d rather “say the truth and die” explained that the “combined efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello, INEC, top Federal Govt Officials and top Security agents to harangue and stampede me out of the Senate against the will of Kogi West constituents will fail woefully.”
In light of today’s ruling, Senator Melaye said “lies will never overtake or conquer TRUTH.
“My great people of Kogi West Senatorial district of Kogi state, in the face of obvious persecution and appealable judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, today. Let not your heart be troubled.
“The presence of the Kogi State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Court today over a matter that Kogi State is not joined as a party shows the clear collaborative efforts of INEC and Kogi State Government,” he said in a statement seen by DENISAURUS News
The 43-year-old, who remains optimistic because of his faith, said he “who is with me from above is greater than all of them put together.
“I will not stop speaking truth to authority. Kogi State Govt must pay workers’ salaries and pay Pensioners.We cannot all sleep facing one side of the bed. We shall overcome these temporary shenanigans in the long run. We will neither sleep nor slumber on this.
“I use this opportunity to thank my dear constituents for their abiding love for and confidence shown towards me. God bless you all. Imole Dey! Okunkun parada!”