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Dino Melaye denies booing Buhari during 2019 budget presentation

Valentine Chinyem



Embattled Senator represents Kogi West Senatorial, Dino Melaye has denied being part of the lawmakers that booed President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly on December 19, 2018.

Dino Melaye, who is also a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was absent at the House of Representatives chamber, venue of the budget presentation on that day, and could not have taken part in jeering the president.

This was made known in a statement signed by his media adviser, Gideon Ayodele, in Abuja on Saturday.

According to the statement: “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 had refused to refute the mischievious 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.”

Senator Melaye yesterday surrendered himself to men of the Nigeria Police Force who have laid siege to hi Maitama residence for about eight days, over an alleged case of culpable homicide, an allegation he denied.