The controversial Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, who is currently receiving treatment at a police hospital in Abuja, has clarified that he was not among the lawmakers who booed President Buhari.
On December 19, 2018, when President Buhari proposed an N8.83 trillion 2019 budget at a joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja, many lawmakers were heard openly booing the president while he delivered his opening statement about the achievements of his administration. (Read the report HERE).
Melaye speaking on the incident in a statement signed by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, said that he was absent from the chambers when it happened.
His media aide said:
“The attention of Senator Dino Melaye has been drawn to a malicious reference to his person on the social media as one of the lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2019 Budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
“Before now, he (Melaye) had refused to refute the mischievous social media fabrication for what it is — a cheap lie — Senator Dino Melaye was not in the National Assembly that day.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye was absent at the televised 2019 budget presentation session and hereby challenges anyone with contrary proof to come forward with such.”
Dino Melaye is currently receiving treatment at a police hospital in Abuja. He suffered an asthmatic attack and slumped after surrendering to the Nigerian Police who laid siege outside his residence for eight days. (Read the report HERE).