Dino Melaye, the senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress representing Kogi West, has confirmed his reported clash with Oluremi Tinubu, the senator representing Lagos central, during senate’s closed-door session on Tuesday.
Mr. Melaye, however, denied using some words reported by the media.
Senators at the session had told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that Mr. Melaye verbally assaulted Mrs. Tinubu.
One source said quoted Mr. Melaye as saying, “Look this is not Bourdillon (referring to the famous Lagos residence of Mrs. Tinubu’s politician husband). I will beat you up, ….. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”
But addressing a press conference Thursday, Mr. Melaye said he never spoke about impregnating Mrs. Tinubu, whom he said had reached menopause.
He said he did not use “insolent, abusive, degrading and mannerless language against any Senator”.
“Biologically, it is even impossible to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu because she has arrived menopause, said Mr. Melaye. ”How can you say you want to beat somebody and at the same time impregnate the person.”
Mr. Melaye said he told the Senate that since the body had passed a resolution saying that the Standing Order used for its inauguration was not forged, Senators who went to court should withdraw the case or face suspension.
“Unfortunately, Senator Oluremi Tinubu got up and was recognised to speak and immediately she started speaking, she specifically mentioned my name.
“For reasons only known to Senator Remi Tinubu, she got up and the first thing she said was that she was being harassed in this chamber by Senator Melaye at this point.
“She went ahead to say that why would he come here and be threatening senators and there was a large chorus from senators. At that point I was still calm. She got up again and said that this thug must be tamed. At that point, I got up and told her that she was very stupid.
“The next statement from her was ‘You are a dog’. She called me a dog, and when she called me a dog I stood up and reacted and I told her that this was not bourdillon and she should look at my face, I am not one of those senators who normally come to prostrate to them in bourdillon and I am from Kogi —and not from Lagos,” Mr. Melaye said.
Mr. Melaye said he reacted furiously because he was provoked.
“I did it because I am not a coward,” said Mr. Melaye, a former member of the House of Representatives.
Witnesses said as Mr. Melaye charged towards the Lagos senator, other senators, especially those from the South-
West geopolitical zone, waded in and shielded Mrs. Tinubu from attack, and then calmed her down.
A few other senators also prevailed on Mr. Melaye to take it easy and let peace reign, sources said.
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