Lagos Senators Condemn Melaye's Verbal Attack on Tinubu
Senators representing Lagos East and Lagos West senatorial districts, Gbenga Ashafa and Adeola Olamilekan, on Wednesday, condemned what they described as "the use of abusive, threats, uncouth, vulgar and un-parliamentary language" by Senator Dino Melaye against their colleague, Senator Oluremi Tinubu during Senate's executive session of Tuesday.
In a jointly signed statement made available in Abuja, the senators said as distinguished persons, any conflict that arises in the course of their representation and national duty should be resolved through dialogue and due process adding that "we will not be part of any solution obtained through any form of coercion, threat, intimidation and ungentlemanly conduct of the distinguished office of a senator.
"We dissociate ourselves from the comments and behavior of Senator Dino Melaye at the Executive Session of 12th July 2016 as we represent people known for finer character and noble culture of social interaction.
"We equally state that we will be part of efforts to instill and enshrine decorum and gentlemanly conduct associated with the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"While condemning the use of any vulgar and unsenatorial language in all ramifications, we particularly take offence to the use of such abusive and denigrating words against the person of Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu. As such words greatly demeaned the female gender and the hallowed chamber of the Senate.
"Finally, pursuant to the threat of physical abuse against Senator Oluremi Tinubu by Senator Dino Melaye, we state that we are not lily-livered and cannot be intimidated or deterred from our primary assignment of representing the good people of Lagos State and carrying out our national duties of lawmaking, even if it entails testifying in court on the side of the truth as part of the resolution of any conflict in the upper chamber."