Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has reaffirmed his love, loyalty, and respect for President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, in an interview with Friday Olokor.
The Senator, while responding to the question on allegations that he is close to Saraki against the interest of APC, said he is not a monetised character, adding that he values friendship rather.
“Bukola Saraki is my friend. He is my brother and I value friendship,” Said Dino.
“My definition of friendship is he or she who walks in while others are walking out. I am not a monetised character.
“I don’t commercialise my conscience. I do what is only right in man’s sight and in the sight of Almighty God.
“No one has the money to buy me. My relationship with Bukola Saraki is true friendship and I will stand by him come rain or shine.
“I will always be by his side as a friend and I will always advise him rightly. I did not pitch any tent against my party because as a senator, I swore an oath before God and before man using the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and also using the Holy Book. I swore to uphold the constitution and there is no All Progressives Congress senator, there is no Peoples Democratic Party senator. All we have is senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“So, the party to me is just a vehicle for winning elections because no political party in this country is ideologically based; no political party in this country has a manifesto that is being implemented. The governor of Kaduna State is from the APC; the governor of Kano State is from the APC, but the programmes of the Kaduna State governor is apparently at variance with that of his Kano State counterpart.
“So people should not use the instrumentality of political parties to determine loyalty to the nation.
“My loyalty is first to Nigeria before my political party and the independence of the Senate is important to me. I believe that the internal issues of the Senate should be handled internally and I give my support to Bukola Saraki. I have no regrets about it.
Speaking further on whether his loyalty to Saraki compensated him with the position of chairman, senate committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Dino said: “In every facet of life, people work for loyalty and today as a Muslim or as a Christian, we all strive to make heaven because there is a hope and a promise of eternity.
“So if a man gets rewarded for diligence and loyalty, it is not a crime. And if I got rewarded with the position of chairman, senate committee on FCT because I was loyal to Bukola Saraki, then the losers should lick their wounds,” he added.