Senator Tinubu has taken a step further by reporting to the senate president, Bukola Saraki and chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) , John Oyegun over the recent acts of “gross misconduct” by Senator Melaye.
In the letters, dated July 18, snator Tinubu described the silent of the leadership of APC and the senate over Meaye’s conduct as “improper and harmful”
“What took place at that session was nothing short of a threat of physical assault and abuse against me by senator Melaye,” she said.
“As such, it was an affront to the senate, this government and our party. For a party member to so antagonise and hector another APC member in this fashion places the party in disrepute and undermines the unity needed to accomplish the sober task of reforming Nigeria for the better.”
The senator said she hoped that the party would appropriately sanction Melaye for his “malignant” behaviour.
She said on that basis, the party would affirm its policy of zero tolerance for gender discrimination and restore its reputation as the vehicle of change.
Giving her own side to the story, Tinubu explained that she was recognised to speak after Melaye had “berated” some senators over their perceived roles in the judicial case involving the senate leadership.
“I remained and attempted no interjection during the statement; senator Melaye tried to abridge my rights by hectoring at me and interrupting my contribution,” she said.
“I have cautioned him about the use of his language and the threats made, reminding him that we were there by equal rights as we both represented our constituents.”
She said Melaye charged at her in an effort to “physically” attack her.
“The attack was only prevented by some respectful senators who moved to impede his path or otherwise block him from approaching me,” she added.
“Senator Melaye hurled foul and vulgar language at me; what he said should never be heard in any public institution let alone the floor of the senate.
“I am both a ranking senator and a woman, but senator Melaye took neither into consideration as he issued threats of rape and assault, while boasting that he would face no consequence even if he fulfilled these criminal threats.”
She said it is of great concern that the senate leadership has been silent on the a matter as if it is condoning the “errant behaviour” of the senator.
Tinubu said the party must ensure that its members know how to behave according to decorum, befitting their elected positions.
However, at the executive session in the senate on Tuesday, Melaye vowed not to apologize to Tinubu because he has done no wrong.