Dino Melaye biography
In office: June 2015 – till date
Preceded by: Smart Adeyemi
Constituency: Kogi West
Born: 1 January 1974
Birth place: Kano, Nigeria
Political party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Parents: Comfort Melaye
Education: Ahmadu Bello University
Famous as: Politician, Author, Senator
Children: Destiny Okiki Oluwajomiloju Dino-Melaye
Books: Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story
Siblings: Samuel Melaye
Early life and education
Daniel Dino Melaye was born in Kano State, Nigeria. He attended command and Air-force Secondary School, Kaduna for his secondary school education.
He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied geography in 2000. He led the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and later became the Secretary General of African Youth Council and then that of the Commonwealth Youth Council.
He was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on Youths.
Dino Melaye was a member of the House of Representatives representing Kabba/Ijumu federal constituency. In the 2015 Senatorial election he was elected a member of the Senate of Nigeria from the Kogi-West.
He seconded the nomination of Senator
Bukola Saraki as candidate for the office of President of the Senate following a nomination made by Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima.
He was re-elected on 19 February 2019 to return as senator representing kogi-West senatorial district to be a member of the 9th Senate.
He is currently the Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Dino Melaye has also declared his intention to contest for the Kogi State gubernatorial election which would be held within the last quarter of 2019. On the 3rd of September, 2019, Senator Dino Melaye lost his gubernatorial ambition in a keenly contested primary election where he came third with a total of 70 votes behind Engr. Musa Wada who won with 748 votes.
Bills and Motions Sponsored
Dino Melaye sponsored about 20 bills and moved over 30 motions in the 8th national assembly. One of such bills is “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of a Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba.
Other bills passed and sponsored by Dino was a Bill for the prohibition of persons from lynching, mob action and extrajudicial executions”, retrieved 26/03/2019 It seeks to protect crime suspects from extra-judicial and summary executions by offering statutory protection.
The disability integration bill, protection against domestic violence act are other bills sponsored by Sen. Melaye.
controversies and scandals
As a senator, it was alleged that Melaye continued to operate a checking and savings account with a US bank, in violation of Nigeria law, a report he has not denied (this not comfirmed) Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau prohibits the use of foreign accounts by elected and public officials.
Melaye had dodged questions towards his operations with these bank accounts, despite evidence provided including transaction dates, bank statements, card numbers and location of the transactions
Melaye criticised Edo state Governor
Adams Oshiomhole for “importing his wife” rather than marrying a Nigerian woman. (please confirm this before use)
Melaye had threatened to beat up Senator Oluremi Tinubu and ‘impregnate’ her on the floor of the Senate.
The Senator characteristically has accused his state governor of “shooting the moon and boxing the air.”
Melaye further said, “Spending over N1bn of taxpayers’ money on an unproductive venture, when salaries and pensions have not been paid, is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenceless masses of Kogi State. If I die, I die. We must rescue the state,
He was arrested on 23 April 2018 on the international wing of Nnamdi azikiwe Airport by NIS as they claim his name was on the watch list of the interpol after the Nigeri police declared him wanted.”
In May 2, 2018, Senator Melaye was arraigned in court by the Police on Wednesday at Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Abuja. He was granted bail in the sum of N90million by the court, having met the bail condition but was rearrested by the police shortly after his release.
On July 24, 2018, Melaye alongside 13 other Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In Abuja on 5 January, Dino Melaye slumped after surrendering to the police.
Melaye was involved in various certificates scandals in 2017 including his claim to have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the Boston-based Ivy League Harvard University in the United States.
Most of his claims have as yet not been verified. Melaye insists on the truth of his claims. However, his colleague and former majority leader of his party (APC) Sen. Ali Ndume calls for the house to probe Melaye’s claims.
Melaye claims not only did he graduate legitimately from ABU Zaria, but also, he has successfully earned seven degrees from various other institutions around the world, among them are Harvard’s University, Kennedy School for Educational Leadership and London School of Economics and Political Science; a claim that was since refuted by both institutions with Harvard claiming Mr. Melaye only presented himself for a week long professional development course in late 2016. While LSE claimed there’s no evidence on its database that Mr. Melaye ever Obtained any degree there.
Melaye was eventually cleared by the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Garba who appeared before the Senate Committee to confirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name.
Family and Personal life
Melaye is currently unmarried. He was previously married to Tokunbo Melaye for ten years. She filed for divorce after a domestic violence dispute where she claimed that he beat her up and pointed a gun to her head. Tokunbo has three children with Dino.
In May 2016, Dino Melaye launched a book titled “Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story” which received backlash, given the perceived reputation of author.
The backlashes increased at the event as it was headed by the then Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan who were both entangled in different corruption cases.
Awards and recognitions
Melaye has won several awards, including:-
Best Honourable Representative of the Year by Global Youth Awareness and Development Initiative
Protector of the Youth P.D.P National Youth Vanguard
Epitome of Servant by National Association of Kogi State Students
Youth Libra for Award by the Visioners Club of Kogi State
The Great Motivator of Students by Nigerian Economic Student Association
Icon of Good Leadership by Kogi Peoples Forum
2008 Diplomatic Member of the year by St Monica’s College Kabba and the most performed National Legislator by Vision 2020 Youth Group.
Most vibrant Honourable member, Abuja merit Awards African Parliamentarian of the year 2005 in U.S.A.
Melaye also won the ‘Senator of the year’ award in 2017 and 2018.
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