The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye, on Sunday stunned the congregation at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Oke-Ayo (Iluafon) Assembly in his home town, Ayetero-Gbede, Kogi State, when he narrated how he was tempted to seek 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, in which he defeated his arch rival, Smart Adeyemi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr. Melaye, who represents Kogi West, made the revelations during a special thanksgiving service and empowerment programme for youth in the area, attended by 26 Senators and all traditional rulers in the area, a statement by his spokespersons said.
During the empowerment programme, Mr. Melaye donated 18-seater Toyota Hiace buses to the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in Kogi West, Council of Ulamas, Kogi West and the National Automotive Technicians and Artisans Association (NATA) and Ijumu Development Union (IDU).
According to the statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, other items donated included a 32-seater coastal bus to a an unnamed Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) within Kogi West; electric grinding machines to widows in all the 85 wards of Kogi West; sewing machines to indigent apprentices who have completed their trainings and driers and salon kits.
Mr. Melaye, the statement said, also doled out computers to secondary schools within the senatorial district, and 250 telephones to his loyalists.
The senator, who claimed to have earlier constructed 100 boreholes in Kogi West Senatorial District, said he gave out scholarships to indigent persons in all the wards.
This newspapers is unable at this time to verify the claims.
The senator, according to the statement, however added a new dimension to the thanksgiving service when he rolled on the floor of the church, wept before God and thanked God for His mercies.
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.
Mr. Melaye was quoted as saying, “When 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 I’ve vowed that I will never be diabolical in my life, it pleases to served God.”
Speaking about the challenge of his election at the tribunal, the senator regretted what he called “unnecessary court cases” he went through from his political rival, but thanked God for granting him victory in all.
He said, “After the victory, I was taken to the tribunal. I’m one of the few persons in this country who was taken to different courts for four times. I went to four different courts. It all started from the tribunal to Appeal Court. The Court of Appeal ordered retrial of the case at the tribunal and we started again.
“When 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. 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.”