The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday declared that he could not have referred to the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, as a “clown” during a private discussion with the Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, because the former has outperformed the latter within just three years at the Senate.
Saraki, while reacting to the claim by Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa state, that he once referred to Melaye as “clown” in a private discussion, described the former as a compulsive liar and an unreliable man who will do or say anything to suit his situation at any point in time.
In a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said he could not have referred to Melaye as a clown given that his Kogi West colleague “has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor. Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years”.
He challenged the former governor to dispute this assertion by showing his records at the Senate, adding that a check at Adamu’s contributions on the floor of the Senate before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, moved against him and his son will reveal that he is “a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari”.
“We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former Governors in the Senate. I specifically recall some statements he made on the President and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details,” the statement added.