OrderPaperToday – As the letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives continues to generate reactions, Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye has taken a swipe at the ex leader.

Melaye said Obasanjo’s letter is an attempt to distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens scandals which allegedly tainted the former president and other officials of his administration.

The Senator also said Obasanjo wrote the letter out of anger as he had not forgiven those who duped him of hundreds of millions of naira in his failed third term bid in 2007.

In the reaction signed by himself, Melaye said members of the 8th national assembly were different from the lot he lured with bribery, corruption and open display of illicit money on the floor of the hallowed Chambers.

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“I hope this is not in an attempt to cover up and distract attention from  the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations,” the senator said.

According to him, “Our leader is mistaken the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007,” adding that “I will not support accusations based on anger and vindictiveness.”

Melaye’s letter read: “I have tremendous respect  for president Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo. Elder statesman,respected pan Africanist and committed patriot. 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 as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. Those who collected his money and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda.

“I appeal to baba that we are not the ones please. After 9 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 Buhari Administration. God bless Nigeria.”

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