Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, has reacted to call by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that Bukola Saraki should resign as the Senate President after his defection from the ruling APC to PDP.
Following his defection, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole said Saraki can’t run away with the party’s “crown.”
Reacting to Oshiomhole’s remark, Melaye said APC had no crown in the National Assembly.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Melaye who is a frontline supporter of the Senate President said: “Whatever is illegal will continue and remain illegal.”
The Senator said the APC chairman forgot that crowns were worn in towns, villages, communities, and kingdoms.
He said “nobody wears the crown at the National Assembly because the seat of the Senate President is not hereditary.
“Nigerians should not also forget that Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, won the seat through democratic means.”
Melaye, however, condemned Oshiomhole for referring to the seat of the Senate President as a ‘crown’ that belongs to the APC. According to him, the seat is national and not political.
“For those who are saying that Saraki should resign (as Senate President), I am so disappointed in the National Chairman of APC.
“He was very busy with labour and social issues that he did not take time to look at the Constitution and our extant laws to know that crowns are worn in the kingdoms, villages and communities; that there is no crown in the National Assembly.
“He has appropriated the seat of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to a political party. That is intellectual stagnancy. He has exhibited what can only be as a result of brain arthritis.
“I cannot understand why the national chairman of a party will not know that the seat of the Senate president is of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and has no party affiliation. Then, he appropriated the seat to APC, forgetting that even those who elected the Senate President were from the PDP.
“The PDP gave the Senate President 42 votes out of the 53 votes that he got on the day of election. So, the APC is the minority, even in the election of the President of the Senate.
“But the National Chairman of the APC, in his ‘bolekaja’ approach to life, myopically, intellectually stagnantly… anyway, you can’t give what you don’t have.”