Dino Melaye Defends Emergence of Saraki, Ekweremadu, Condemns Wardrobe Allowance

Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West, has condemned the N8.64 billion the National Assembly has earmarked as wardrobe allowance for the 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives, while at the same time, defending the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the President of the Nigerian Senate.

The senator said it was morally wrong to pay such money to legislatures when people are hungry.

It would be recalled that Melaye was in the forefront of Senators rooting for the emergence of Senator Saraki as the leader of the National Assembly.
Melaye, also justified the emergence of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ike Ekweremadu, as Deputy Senate President because some APC senators did not attend the inauguration.

According to him, if all APC senators were present at the inauguration, they would have voted for the APC contestant for the Deputy Senate President, Senator, Ali Ndume.

Melaye said: “Order 10 (1) is clear; the quorum of the Senate shall be one-third of the members of the Senate. One-third of 109 is 38. We had 76 Senators in attendance. The APC is not polarised, the party is not divided, what happened is that many people expressed their interests in the leadership of the National Assembly. Once there is a position, even in the family, different persons will express their interest.

Speaking on the controversial N8.64 billion wardrobe allowance to be paid to the federal legislators next week, Melaye said the idea was bad, adding that he stands by his words that there should be a pay cut in the chambers.

Source: Daily Post