Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Otunba Dino Melaye, Tuesday, denounced publications which he said were authored by his political detractors to pitch him against the judiciary and Justices of the Court of Appeal.
While describing them as lies, Melaye enjoined the public to disregard any media publication accusing the judiciary or Appeal Court Justices.
The apprehension is coming barely one month after he had alleged that, following the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, after the election of key officers in the National Assembly, the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and immediate-past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, had decided to close ranks and unite against him in his case at the election tribunal.
The lawmaker was said to have incurred the wrath of Tinubu after refusing to back-down from supporting the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, during the recently concluded election of leaders in the 8th National Assembly.
Melaye, in a statement in Abuja entitled: “My political Opponents Again”, said his detractors had decided to pitch him against the judiciary and Justices of the Court of Appeal through fictitious allegations using his name.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to a malicious, fallacious and deliberate lie to pitch me against the judiciary through a recent publication by a certain Phrank Shuaibu in The Nation Newspaper hired by my political opponents and another press release said to have been released by me, disparaging and accusing the Judiciary and Justices of the Court of Appeal.
“I want to state unequivocally that this deliberate falsehood by desperate and wicked politicians is not only a lie but a plan to sidetrack the judiciary in the ongoing election tribunal case between me and Senator Smart Adeyemi in the Court of Appeal. I did not issue any press statement on the ongoing matter.
“I want to say that the Nigerian judiciary is too sophisticated to be sidetracked by desperate people of inordinate ambition. I call on the judiciary and the public to neglect and disregard these desperados as I have tremendous respect and regard for the judiciary, especially under the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.”
Melaye had told journalists that, a senior editor in Abuja close to Tinubu had allegedly forwarded the legal brief filed by a former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Smart Adeyemi to Adoke, asking the ex-AGF to look for a judge in the Court of Appeal who would “offer assistance.”