Forgive those who defrauded you in 2007, Melaye tells Obasanjo

SENATOR Dino Melaye, yesterday, described the letter by former President Obasanjo’s letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, alleging massive corruption in the National Assembly as a sign of misplaced anger.‎
Melaye, an All Progressives’ Congress (APC) Senator, who represents Kogi West Senatorial zone, dismissed the issues raised by the former president, saying Obasanjo should not mistake the present National Assembly for the one that existed during his regime, which he noted, the ex-president allegedly corrupted with bribery to actualise a third-term bid.
He also alleged that Obasanjo ‘s letter was a deliberate attempt to divert attention from the Halliburton and Siemens scandals.
Senator Melaye, in a statement, released to journalists at the National Assembly, told Obasanjo to direct his anger to members of the National Assembly that served the country during his tenure, who he alleged collected his money but refused to do his bidding by approving his desired third term.
The letter reads: “ 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 mistaken the 8th National Assembly for the same Senate/ Assembly that defrauded him in 2007 — those who collected his money and refused to implement the third-term agenda.
“I appeal to Baba that we are not the ones, please. After nine years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness 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. That 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.
“While I am against corruption anywhere in Nigeria, I will not support accusations based on anger and vindictiveness.
“The 8th Senate should also look inwardly and purge herself of all the deliberate misgivings of the past. Nigeria must work and we must support the anti-corruption stand of the (Muhammadu) Buhari Administration. God bless Nigeria.”

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