Senator Dino Melaye has reacted to the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the National Assembly accusing the legislators of corruption and insensitivity in times of economic squeeze.
Melaye, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, told Obasanjo that he was mistaken the Senate he bribed for tenure elongation in 2007 and House of Reps he corrupted to remove the then Speaker Ghali Na’Abba for the present 8th National Assembly.
“I went through the letter written to all senators and members of the House of Representatives. The letter, I can see, is a misplacement of anger.
“Our leader is mistaking the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. Those, who collected his money, and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda. I appeal to ‘Baba’ that we are not the ones, please. After 9 years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness (from Obasanjo) to have taken place.
“There was the case of bribery introduced by the Obasanjo regime in the desperate attempt to remove Speaker Ghali Umar Na’Abba from office then. In fact, there was open display of that bribery money on the floor of the House.”
Speaking further, the lawmaker taunted Obasanjo that he may be diverting attention from himself over the upcoming probe on Halliburton and Siemens.
“That (Obasanjo’s) government exposed the National Assembly to corruption and easy money. I hope this is not in an attempt to cover up and distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations,” Melaye said.