Dino Melaye

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Dino Melaye
Senator
In office
June 2015 – till date
Preceded bySmart Adeyemi
ConstituencyKogi West
Personal details
Born
Dino Daniel Malaye

(1974-01-01) 1 January 1974 (age 45)
Kano, Nigeria
Political partyPeople’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Alma materAhmadu Bello University
Websitedinomelaye.com

Dino Melaye is a Nigerian politician, a Senator and member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Kogi West Senatorial district.[1] Dino is a member of the People’s Democratic Party. He is currently the Chairman Senate Committee in FCT.

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Dino Melaye was born in Kano State, Nigeria. He attended command and Air-force Secondary School, Kaduna for his secondary school education. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied geography in 2000.[2] He led the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and later became the Secretary General of African Youth Council and then that of the Commonwealth Youth Council.[citation needed] He was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on Youths., August 2018 Missing or empty |title= (help)

Political life[edit]

Melaye is a member In the House of Representatives. In the 2015 Senatorial election he was elected a member of the Senate of Nigeria from the Kogi-West. .[3]

He seconded the nomination of Senator Bukola Saraki as candidate for the office of President of the Senate following a nomination made by Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima.[4] . He was re-elected on the nineteenth of February 2019 to return as senator representing kogi-west senatorial district to be a member of the 9th senate.[5]

Governorship Ambition[edit]

Dino Melaye has also declared his intention to contest for the Kogi state gubernatorial election which would be held within the last quarter of 2019.[6]

Bills and Motions Sponsored[edit]

Dino Melaye sponsored about 20 bills and moved over 30 motions in the 8th national assembly. One of such bills is "A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of a Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba to make comprehensive provisions for its due management, administration and other related matters, 2017 (S.B. 402)" [[Listed Bills: www.nassnig.org/news/item/442. 6]].

Other bills sponsored by Sen Melaye include:" A Bill for the prohibition of persons from lynching, mob action and extrajudicial executions", [retrieved 26/03/2019] It seeks to protect crime suspects from extrajudicial and summary executions by offering statutory protection. The disability integration bill, protection against domestic violence act are other bills sponsored by Sen Melaye.

Political controversies and scandals[edit]

As a senator, it was alleged that Melaye continued to operate a checking and savings account with a US bank, in violation of Nigeria law, a report he has not denied.[citation needed] Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau prohibits the use of foreign accounts by elected and public officials.

One transaction on Melaye’s Bank of America debit card is an approved payment to the New York-based Schweiger Dermatology for $1,000. The company describes itself as a medical and cosmetic dermatology service offering a variety of skin healthcare needs.[citation needed]

Melaye had dodged questions towards his operations with these bank accounts, despite evidence provided including transaction dates, bank statements, card numbers, and location of the transactions.[citation needed]

Melaye criticised Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole for “importing his wife” rather than marrying a Nigerian woman.[citation needed]

Melaye had threatened to beat up Senator Oluremi Tinubu and ‘impregnate’ her on the floor of the Senate.[7]

In June 2017, a process to recall Senator Melaye from the National Assembly was kickstarted.[citation needed]

The Senator characteristically has accused the governor of “shooting the moon and boxing the air.”[8]

Melaye further said, “Spending over N1bn of taxpayers’ money on an unproductive venture, when salaries and pensions have not been paid, is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenceless masses of Kogi State. If I die, I die. We must rescue the state, he was arrested 23 April 2018 on the international wing of Nnamdi azikiwe Airport by NIS as they claim his name was on the watch list of the interpol after the Nigeria 🇳🇬 police declared him wanted .”[9]

In May 2, 2018, Senator Melaye was arraigned in court by the Police on Wednesday at Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Abuja. He was granted bail in the sum of N90million by the court, having met the bail condition but was rearrested by the police shortly after his release.[10]

On July 24 2018, Melaye alongside 13 other Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. [11] In Abuja on the 5th of January,Dino Melaye slumped after surrendering to the police.[12]

Certificate Scandal[edit]

Melaye was involved in various certificates[13] scandals in 2017 including his claim to have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the Boston-based Ivy League Harvard University in the United States.[14]. Most of his claims have as yet not been verified.[15] Melaye insists on the truth of his claims.[16] However, his colleague and former majority leader of his party (APC) Sen. Ali Ndume calls for the house to probe Melaye's claims. Melaye claims not only did he graduate legitimately from ABU Zaria, but also, he has successfully earned seven degrees from various other institutions around the world, among them are Harvard's University,Kennedy School for Educational Leadership and London School of Economics and Political Science;[17] a claim that was since refuted by both institutions, with Harvard claiming Mr. Melaye only presented himself for a week long professional development course in late 2016. While LSE claimed there's no evidence on its database that Mr. Melaye ever Obtained any degree there.[18]

Melaye was eventually cleared by the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Garba[19] who appeared before the Senate Committee to confirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Melaye is currently unmarried. He was previously married to Tokunbo Melaye for ten years. She filed for divorce after a domestic violence dispute where she claimed that he beat her up and pointed a gun to her head. Shortly after, Alero Falope moved in with Melaye. Falope moved out six months later.[21] Tokunbo has three children with Dino.

Authorship[edit]

In May, 2016, Dino Melaye launched a book titled "Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story" which received backlash, given the perceived reputation of author.[22] The backlashes increased at the event as it was headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, who were both entangled in different corruption cases.

The book was also berated for its poor syntax, as 'antidotes' was expected to take the preposition 'to' against the 'for' that was used in title. Some quarters also described the book to be a mere "cut and paste" of newspapers articles.[23] suggesting that the book has little or no original intellectual inputs from the author.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Melaye has won several awards, including Best Honourable Representative of the Year by Global Youth Awareness and Development Initiative, Protector of the Youth P.D.P National Youth Vanguard, Epitome of Servant by National Association of Kogi State Students, Youth Libra for Award by the Visioners Club of Kogi State, the Great Motivator of Students by Nigerian Economic Student Association, Icon of Good Leadership by Kogi Peoples Forum, 2008 Diplomatic Member of the year by St. Monica’s College Kabba and the most performed National Legislator by Vision 2020 Youth Group. Most vibrant Honourable member, Abuja merit Awards African Parliamentarian of the year 2005 in U.S.A.[citation needed] Melaye also won the 'Senator of the year' award in 2017 and 2018.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dino Melaye - INFORMATION NIGERIA". informationng.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ Ifeanyi, Nwoko (27 March 2017). "Sen. Melaye graduated from ABU Zaria – VC confirms". News Agency of Nigeria. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Bukola Saraki emerged Senate President". Vanguard News. Retrieved June 16, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "N'Assembly: Saraki is Senate President, Dogara Speaker, Articles - THISDAY LIVE". thisdaylive.com. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.pulse.ng/news/politics/pdps-dino-melaye-wins-re-election-to-represent-kogi-west-in-senate/d72evq0
  6. ^ https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/06/02/dino-melaye-im-ready-to-contest-kogi-governorship-election/
  7. ^ https://olatorera.com/top-5-biggest-lies-and-scandals-of-political-leader-dino-melaye-of-nigeria/
  8. ^ http://punchng.com/melayes-constituents-sign-petition-to-recall-senator/
  9. ^ http://dailypost.ng/2017/06/10/governor-bello-spending-n1billion-recalled-senate-dino-melaye/
  10. ^ https://www.channelstv.com/2018/05/02/why-dino-melaye-was-re-arrested-after-meeting-bail-conditions-police/
  11. ^ https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/07/breaking-14-apc-senators-defect-to-pdp/
  12. ^ Soni, Daniel (5 January 2019). "How Dino Melaye surrendered to Police, slumped minutes later". Vanguard News Nigeria. Vanguard. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  13. ^ Oak TV, Oak TV. "Certificate Scandal VERBATIM: I have seven degrees- Dino Melaye - OAK TV". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak Tv. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal". punchng.com. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43905635
  16. ^ http://sunnewsonline.com/certificate-saga-dino-melaye-replies-critics/
  17. ^ https://www.naij.com/1095004-dino-melaye-blasts-ndume-certificate-scandal.html
  18. ^ http://saharareporters.com/2017/03/21/harvard-university-denies-senator-dino-melaye-ever-studied-there-only-attended-one-week
  19. ^ Oak TV, Oak TV. "Certificate Scandal: Inside details of Dino Melaye's graduation revealed by Ahmadu Bello University VC - OAK TV". oak.tv. Oak TV. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  20. ^ Oak TV, Oak TV. "Certificate Controversy: Dino Melaye celebrates as Vice Chancellor confirms he graduated from ABU - OAK TV". oak.tv. Oak TV. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  21. ^ https://www.360nobs.com/2014/07/aburo-mike-tyson-dino-melaye-beats-his-new-wife-out-of-his-house/
  22. ^ "Nigerians mock Melaye over corruption book launch - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  23. ^ "Dino Melaye's N50,000 book is 'cut and paste of newspaper articles' - Sowore". Daily Post Nigeria. 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2017-07-29.