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Tinubu supremacy vs party supremacy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership, including the president, party chairman and one of its leaders Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu, have all stressed the importance of the party being supreme in light of the election of the leadership of the National Assembly.

The senate president and House of Representatives speaker, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara ran and won against the will of the party leadership. Since then, the party has become embroiled in crisis and a peace meeting was called last week to try and calm the storm.

The outcome of that meeting was to recognise the leadership in the National Assembly of Saraki and Dogara, but with the proviso that the party should reign supreme, with its decisions respected by all factions.

Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West was one of the few APC senators that backed Saraki for the senate presidency. He has remained by Saraki’s side since and has vociferously defended the new senate president in the media.

Melaye has form in hooliganism, including fighting in the House of Representatives in June 2010 when he served his one and only term in the lower chamber.

Watch his “show of shame” here as he tore the order papers from someone who was speaking and is forcibly evicted:

He built a reputation for brazen hypocrisy when flaunting his wealth on social media, while claiming to be a human rights activist and anti-corruption campaigner. He regularly tweeted pictures looking pleased with himself in his luxury home or pictures of his Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche, Harley Davidson motorbike and other acquisitions that his salary as a legislator could not explain.

Dino how politricks pays for Melaye?
Dino how politricks pays for Melaye?

Melaye has now claimed that Tinubu is opening up a new front in the APC crisis by going for senators like him that backed Saraki. He alleged that Tinubu has offered support to Smart Adeyemi’s efforts get the Court of Appeal to reverse Adeyemi’s defeat to Melaye at the last (s)election. Adeyemi is from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Melaye alleges that Tinubu has been in touch with the former attorney-general Mohammed Adoke to help secure an Appeals Court judge that would help Adeyemi win.

A Tinubu spokesman has denied the allegations and Melaye has credibility issues. But it would be hasty to put working with the PDP past Bobo Chicago. In 2011, while he was a leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Tinubu reportedly worked behind the scenes to get Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP to win the (s)elections against his own party’s candidate, Nuhu Ribadu.

Party supremacy was not relevant to Tinubu then. I doubt if it is now. What is supreme, as far as Bobo Chicago is concerned, is not party but Tinubu.

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