…As Aisha makes U-turn, leads women, youths campaign team for Buhari’s re-election***
Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West, has finally spoken from his hideout on the reasons why he will not surrender himself to the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr Melaye, who had earlier alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will inject him to death if he is arrested, compared his challenges to that of Prophet Elijah in the Bible, in a tweet on Tuesday evening.
He also maintained that he will continue to remain in his hideout.
PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported how the police laid siege to the senator’s Abuja residence on Friday, ending on an aggravating note, a turbulent year which began with allegations that the lawmaker was involved in multiple armed robbery and murder plots.
The siege marks at least the fourth attempt to arrest Mr Melaye by the police in 2018.
The police, in a statement by its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, while speaking on the reason for laying siege to Mr Melaye’s residence, said the senator, alongside his ‘armed thugs’, shot one Danjuma Saliu, a sergeant, in July 2018.
Rather than debunk or admit the allegations made by the police, Mr Melaye simply said in his Tuesday tweet that he is being wise and not scared by hiding.
Mr Melaye said the Bible records Prophet Elijah to be one of the strongest prophets that lived, but he went to Mount Carmel to hide when King Ahab sought him to kill him because of the way he boldly declared the truth.
“There is a difference with being scared and being wise,” the controversial lawmaker wrote on Twitter.
Mr Melaye is seeking re-election in Kogi on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He is already facing two different trials by the police for alleged attempted suicide and allegedly arming criminals. He was granted bail by the court in both instances.
In the meantime, the names of the team for APC Presidential Campaign for women and youths have been announced by Mr Suleiman Haruna, the Director of Information to Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja.
The teams would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House Conference Centre by 2:00pm.
The team would ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the February general elections.
The names included wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the Vice President Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and other prominent women, youths, artists, politicians, businessmen and women, serving and retired top public officers, among others.
Aisha Buhari had previously expressed unwillingness to campaign for the re-election of her husband.
She insisted about the existence of a cabal preventing President Buhari’s government from moving forward as well as impunity in the APC, while threatening not to campaign again or ask any woman to vote for APC and Buhari in the 2019 election.
Aisha, in October 2016 during an interview with BBC, said, “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.
“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.
“…If things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again,” she had said.
Premium with additional report from The Citizen