Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has berated his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Emmanuel Udom, for describing Senator Dino Melaye (APC/Kogi West) as a ”general”.
The Akwa Ibom governor believes that Melaye is performing well and wondered why his constituents should initiate a recall against the lawmaker.
But reacting to Emmanuel’s commendation of Melaye, Bello, through his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the decision of Emmanuel to refer to Melaye as a “general” in the senate was disturbing as he was rating a “non performing” senator.
According to Fanwo, Melaye told false stories of unpaid salaries in his state, thrilled the crowd with his Aje Kun Iya Ni’Oje signature while preaching his false message of death being reward for both lying and telling the truth.
We believe that Governor Emmanuel’s unveiled disdain for a long-suffering people trudging the booby-trapped path to the recall of their Senator in a bid to recover their dignity is uncalled for.
What is even more appalling is Governor Udom Emmanuel’s decoration of Dino Melaye with the rank and privileges of ‘General’ among all the Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while consigning others to ‘Recruit’. Dino Melaye is a General in the Senate of the 8th Assembly where even Governor Udom Emmanuel’s accomplished predecessor sits? This is unprecedented.
The irony is that Governor Emmanuel made these comments at an event where Senator Godswill Akpabio, one of Dino Melaye’s contemporaries in the Senate, empowered his own people with 4 tractors, over 800 power-generating sets, grain-grinding machines, and block molding machines. 100 computer sets and printers, as well as sewing machines, He also announced scholarships and grants to hundreds of students from his constituency.
The Kogi West Senator attended his colleague’s Briefing and Constituency Empowerment event, not to learn how to represent well, but obviously as Comedian of the Day.