👤 By Adenike Lucas
A popular lawmaker from Kogi-West has announced his decision to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Senator Dino Melaye, who has suffered much brutality from the police after exposing corruption within the executive arm said he was joining the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s side in the red chamber, because he is “no longer comfortable sitting here” with the APC.
He asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki if he could instead seat next to the David Mark, a member of the PDP.
“I want to ask that you mandate the sergeant-at-arms to look for a seat for me before you do that I will take a seat close to general David Mark,” Senator Melaye asked.
The activist who would rather “speak the truth and die,” recently survived an orchestrated plan to recall him from office.
Though he has been hospitalised and unable to attend session since April 24, he remains resolute in his duties as a lawmaker.
He said: “the battle to salvage this country from financial scavengers and economic cankerworms, to me, is a battle of no retreat, no surrender.
“We must salvage this country together we don’t have any other to call our own. As my voice gets better, it will get louder. I shall not cease to ask questions where necessary.”
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DENISAURUS News gathered that the outspoken lawmaker, 44, upset Yahaya Bello, the Governor of Kogi when he began to speak about injustice in the state.
Governor Bello it turned out, though had spent billions trying to recall the representative for Kogi West, was unsuccessful as INEC recorded a 5.34 per cent turnout for the exercise.
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Senator Melaye, who appeared at plenary today in a neck brace, was one of the founding members of the APC.
Despite being a member of the ruling party, Senator Melaye was the first to demand that his fellow party member, Governor Bello pays workers.
The Kogi-West Senator was also the first to bring to light an issue of corruption involving the Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal.
He recently revealed a secret account run by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
“While some individuals and government appointees will continue to steal, we have decided to continue to expose corruption in public life,” he said as he raised a motion demanding for the matter to be investigated.
In 2014, the 44-year-old who spoke against fuel subsidy scandal, left the PDP in protest against the then President, Goodluck Jonathan.