Barely 24 hours after Oluremi Tinubu, the senator representing Lagos Central, petitioned the acting Inspector General of Police over threat to her life by Senator Dino Melaye, she petitioned the leaderships of the All Progressives Congress and the Senate.
Senator Tinubu’s letters, which were separately delivered to the Senate President, BukolaSaraki, and APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, expressed worry that the Senate leadership had not taken action to address Senator Melaye’s “threatening misconduct.”
“In a burst of apparent rage, Senator Melaye charged at me in what can only be seen as effort to attack me. The attack was only prevented by some respectful Senators who moved to impede his path or otherwise block him from approaching closer towards me. I thank those Senators for their personal courage and sense of decorum. Senator Melaye hurled foul and vulgar language at me. What he said should never be heard in any public institution let alone the floor of the Senate. Denigrating me as a woman, Senator Melaye threatened to beat me on the floor of the Senate just because I dared to express my opinion different from his.
Senator Tinubu asked the APC leadership to “investigate this matter in order to restore the public image and moral standing of the Party and APC members in the Senate.”
In the letter to the Senate President, Senator Tinubu said, “During last week’s Senate session which you presided over as the Senate President,” SenatorMelaye used blatantly sexist and misogynist language offensive to every woman in Nigeria and every person who truly believes gender discrimination has no place in the Nigeria we are trying to build for ourselves and future generations.”