Few days after a controversial tribunal ruling sacking the Senator representing Kogi West Federal Constituency, Senator Dino Melaye, the senator has called out his closed rival and opponent in the last election, Smart Adeyemi of the APC as his “political wife” who he can defeat anytime any day.
The senator made the statement while he was being featured on Channels TV Politics Today program yesterday evening. Senator Dino Melaye faulted the controversial ruling by the tribunal chairman, who he claimed delivered a minority judgment over the matter.
In his own words, Dino Melaye was quoted saying:
“I want to assure you that Smart Adeyemi is my political wife; I defeated him in 2015, I defeated him in 2019 and any day any time, he is my political wife,” the embattled lawmaker insisted.
“I want to say that I cannot be distracted and I will not be distracted. My name is Daniel; I will not fall … I am focused on my governorship ambition and we will get it.
“The only time there will be an election for the seat of the Senate in Kogi West is after I am sworn in as the governor of Kogi State.
“That will necessitate vacancy but before then, there will be no by-election as a result of an attempted robbery that is going on right now.”
“Spiritually we are already in the court of appeal; physically we will be there on Monday. The only election that will be conducted is the governorship election that I will win. My mandate is secured, my mandate is guaranteed,” he added.
Dino Melaye was sacked as the senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial district by a three-man panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Chijioke. The tribunal also ordered a fresh election.
The Kogi-born lawmaker added that the tribunal’s ruling was aimed at distracting him from his governorship ambition.