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Christian Group Reacts On Melaye’s Verbal Attack On Remi Tinubu

Remi-Tinubu and Dino
Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 1:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem

The Christian Conscience Group, a non-governmental organisation, has advised Nigerians to desist from voting in “thugs” to represent them in the different levels of governance.

This came as a reaction by the group concerning the recent dispute between Senators Dino Melaye and Remi Tinubu, representing Kogi West and Lagos-Central Senatorial District respectively in the Senate.

The group described Melaye’s action on Tuesday, 12th July, 2016 during the closed door executive session of the Senate as “condemnable”, “disgraceful”, “shameful” and “embarrassing”.

In a statement signed by its National President, Rev. Dr. Sam Ogedengbe, the faith group emphasised that it was high time Christians all over the country prepared to actively have a stake in the selection and decision of choosing any candidate for any elective office, because according to him: “There is no doubt that proper channels were not toed before choosing and voting somebody like Dino Melaye at the upper legislative chamber”.

Continuing the cleric said that:”Christian community have a stake in either selection or decision to bring any candidate out for any political position. No godfatherism or power can give us anyone. We are not ready to vote for thugs or boxers who have nothing to offer the citizenry.”
He maintained that for Melaye to have launched a derogatory attack against a fellow Senator, Oluremi Tinubu, he (Melaye),  lacks the poise, panache and  character to occupy a seat among the sane, revered and honourable men and women of the hallowed chamber, adding that the group passionately appeals that he should be voted out and shown the path he belongs.
“We are not ready to vote for anyone either Christian or Muslim that will bring shame to the people, especially those that voted for him or her. Or even get there and block his or her phone or refuse to pick his or her phones. We are not ready for use and dump politicians, enough is enough”, Ogedengbe added.
Ogedengbe, who also doubles as the National President of All Christian Leaders and Ministers Forum, revealed that the group will not hesitate to mobilise Christians to reject politicians, even some sitting governors that tend to act contrary to the will of the people even before 2019.
Additionally, Melaye on his part denied the allegation and made counter-claims that the female lawmaker also assaulted him verbally; though the latter has said, as a Christian she has forgiven her Kogi-West counterpart for the verbal assault he meted out to her, but will never allow anyone intimidate her.