The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT), Otunba Dino Melaye, on
SundayÂ stunned holy congregation at
theÂ Apostolic Church Nigeria, Oke-Ayo (Iluafon) Assembly
in his home town, Ayetero-Gbede, Kogi State, when he narrated how
was tempted to seekÂ diabolical means during preparations
for the 2015 general election.
According to him, the several temptations were to ascertain
his fate at the election on the platform of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in which he floored his arch rival, Smart Adeyemi of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye who is representing Kogi West, made the revelations
during a specialÂ thanksgiving service and empowerment
programme for youths in the area, attended byÂ 26
Senators and all traditional rulers in the area.
During the empowerment programme, 18 seater Toyota Hiace Bus
valued atÂ N9 million eachÂ was donated by him
to the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in Kogi West,
Council of Ulamas, Kogi West and the National Automotive
Technicians and Artisans Association (NATA) andÂ Ijumu
Development Union (IDU).
Other items donated include a 32 seater coastal Bus to a
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) within Kogi West valued at N32
million; electric grinding machines to widows in all the 85 wards
of Kogi West; sewing machines to indigent apprentice who have
completed their trainings and driers and salon kits.
Melaye also doled out computers to secondary schools within
the senatorial district; 250 telephones to dedicated his loyalists
valued at N100,000 each.
The Senator who had earlier done 100 boreholes in Kogi West
Senatorial District, gave out scholarship to indigent persons in
all the wards.
He however added a new dimension to the purity and
supplication when he rolled on the floor of the church, wept before
God and thanking God for His mercies to the admiration of the
According to him, some of his core loyalists who were so deeply
concerned about his fate ahead of the election, tempted him to seek
victory prediction through different diabolical means, including
soothsayers, for which he flatly rejected.
Melaye said, â€œWhen I was contesting election,
even from among my supporters, some people came with various
advice. In fact, somebody came that I should go to the seven Local
Government Areas and fetch the soil of the seven LGs. He said that
was the way to my victory and I laughed at his ignorance. But I
rejected because Iâ€™ve vowed thatI will never be
diabolical in my life, it pleases to served God.â€
Speaking about his election court cases in the Election petition
tribunal, the senator, regretted what he called
â€œunnecessary court casesâ€, he went
through from his political rival, but thanked God for granting him
victory in all.
He said, â€œAfter the victory, I was taken to
the tribunal. Iâ€™m one of the few persons in this
country who was taken to different courts for four
times.Â I went to four different courts. It all started
from the tribunal to Apeal Court. The Court of Appeal ordered
retrial of the case at the tribunal and we started again.
â€œWhen again we finished from the tribunal and
went back to the Court of Appeal, external forces came in. But in
all these, God saw me through.Â External forces came in
during the second time I appeared at the Court of Appeal. But God,
in His mercy, gave me victory for the second time.â€