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Obasanjo introduced National Assembly to corruption during third term bid – Melaye

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Senator representing Kogi West and Former Chairman, Senate ad-hoc Committee on Media and Publicity Affairs, Dino Malaye, has reacted to the letter sent to the 8th National Assembly by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, accusing its leadership and members of corruption and greed.

The APC Senator said, although he has tremendous respect for the Ex-President, also accused him of exposing the National Assembly to corruption during his celebrated third term agenda.

Melaye told journalists in Abuja that Obasanjo’s letter was written out of ‘misplaced anger.’

Melaye said: “I have tremendous respect for President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo. Elder statesman, respected pan Africanist and committed patriot. I went through the letter written to all Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

“The letter I can see, is a misplacement of anger. Our leader is mistaken the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. Those who collected his money and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda. I appeal to baba that we are not the ones please.

“After nine years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness to have taken place. There was the case of bribery introduced by the Obasanjo regime in the desperate attempt to remove Speaker Ghali Umar Na’abba from office then. In fact there was open display of that bribery money on the floor of the house.

“That government exposed the National Assembly to corruption and easy money. I hope this is not in an attempt to cover up and distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations.

“While I am against corruption anywhere in Nigeria, I will not support accusations based on anger and vindictiveness. The 8th Senate should also look inwardly and purge herself of all the deliberate misgivings of the past. Nigeria must work and we must support the anti corruption stand of the Buhari Administration. God bless Nigeria.”