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How Senator Dino Melaye’s Brother Is Tearing National Assembly Workers Apart Over Leadership


Crisis is reportedly brewing among the the staff of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum, after an attempt to allegedly impose Samuel, the younger brother of Senator Dino Melaye, as the forum’s leader.

According to a report on TheCable, an attempt to allegedly impose Samuel, the younger brother of outspoken senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, as the chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), is creating crisis in the forum.
It was gathered that the body comprises aides of senators and members of the house of representatives, and on Sunday, a member of the forum, Darlington Udeh, led a faction to the venue where Samuel was to be inaugurated as the head of NASSLAF.
Arguing that he was elected chairman of the forum, Udeh and his supporters disrupted the ceremony.
Spokesman of NASSLAF, Yusuf Bamidele, said Samuel could not lead the body because he did not succeed in securing a ticket at his geo-political zone level, adding that allowing the younger Melaye to chair the forum would amount to a violation of the zoning arrangement.
“Our elections and leadership are driven by zonal arrangements. The last administration of Mahmood Muhammed, who is now a member of the house of representatives, was from the north-central. By so doing, the north-central has had its shot and cannot come again.

“We have north-west, north-east, south-south, south-east and south-west, so we cannot allow a particular person or zone to shortchange us,” he said in a statement.
It was reported that in March, clerk of the national assembly, Salisu Maikashuwa, appointed the younger Melaye as chairman of a seven-member caretaker committee to run the affairs of the group for three months before organising a proper election. This was as a result of the expiration of the tenure of Muhammed.
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