I Have No Regret Supporting Saraki – Dino Melaye …Says APC Should Respect Buhari’s View
The senator representing Kogi-West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has urged the All Progressives Congress to respect the view of President Muahammdu Buhari on the emergence of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
While reacting to the controversial emergence of Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, shortly after they were elected, Buhari had said he did not have any preferred candidates for the principal posts but added that he would have preferred that the choices of the party emerged.
The choices of the APC for Senate presidency and speakership were Senator Ahmed Lawan and Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, respectively.
Specifically, Melaye was referring to a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in which the President said that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected.
In a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle, Melaye faulted the APC leaders for attacking Saraki.
He said, “President Buhari said the election of Saraki followed constitutional provisions. At that point, the party and its leaders ought to have slowed down. Mr. President said he would work with whoever was elected. At that point, the party leaders ought to have taken direction from Buhari, who is the National Leader of the APC.”
“The President is the National Leader of APC. The moment he said he had no preference, the party should have respected Buhari. Nigerians must realise that the people’s sovereignty is far greater than the party’s supremacy. Just like the Bible is dearer to me than the constitution.”
Melaye said he had no regrets supporting Saraki, promising to protect and defend the people of his senatorial district and the Nigerian constitution.
He added, “The gullibility of so many on the social media is embarrassing. I have no regret supporting Saraki. I worked and voted for competence. I will be the last person to support anti-party activities or support the satanic party that I assiduously helped to uproot.”