*says Kogi ‘Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes’
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
In spite of an assasination attempt, Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye has declared his unrelented resolution to continue to champion democratic courses targeted at good governance, masses empowerment and the Rule of Law.
In a statement signed by his S.A Media, Ayodele Gideon, the Senator thanked the Almighty God for sparing his life as he declares that God is his “Rock and Salvation”.
Senator Melaye expressed deep shock over the assassination attempt on his life late on Friday 14th April 2017 in his constituency residence in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Kogi West Senatorial District, he described the situation as unfortunate, regretable, highly disturbing and very strange to the socio-political culture of Kogi West senatorial district.
He promised never to relent in his fight against corruption, maladministration, impunity and nepotism.
Said the Senator: “No amount of threat, blackmail, name-callng and/or harassment will stop me from being the voice of the voiceless and the mouthpiece of the common man”.
He also expressed outrage and disbelief that four days after the attempt on his life, the Kogi State governor, the Chief Security Officer ofthe State, has neither called nor visited to know the state of affairs with him as a serving Senator from Kogi State. Said the Senator, “The Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes”.
In the history of Kogi West, various political gladiators have, at various times, had their differences but none had ever been escalated to the level of attempt on life.
Chief Awoniyi and Chief Daniyan (both of blessed memory) had their strong differences. Senator Dino Melaye and Prince Olusola Akanmode also had their differences. Arc. Stephen Olorunfemi and Prince Olusola Akanmode and Tunde Ogbeha, also had their differences. Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi had their serious political differences non of these differences was ever escalated to the horrendous level of assassination attempt.
The recent incident is alien to Okun people and to Kogi West.
The advent of Yahaya Bello as Governor and Taofiq Isa as Local Government administrator in the political firmament of Kogi state has brought this unfortunate socio-political paradigm shift.
Senator Melaye called on Kogi Elders, Traditional Leaders and Opinion Leaders to call for order and restraint. ‘It may be Dino Melaye today, we don’t know who is next’.
“The aggitation for good governance, payment of worker’s salaries and welfare of pensioners should not be punished with assassination,” it concluded.