The embattled Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has said former House of Representatives member and anti-corruption crusader, Otunba Dino Melaye, lacks the moral authority to lead a protest against her continued stay in office.
Melaye, who is the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, on Wednesday led a handful of protesters in Abuja to demand the sack of Ms. Oduah over her role in the alleged inflated purchase of two BMW bullet-proof armoured cars worth N255m for the minister’s use by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority,NCAA.
But the minister, who spoke through her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Joe Obi described Melaye as a failed politician having lost his reelection bid to the National Assembly just as he claimed that the former lawmaker is a protester for hire.
Obi, while raising some salient questions asked: “In the first place how did Melaye realize the funds he used in purchasing the fleet of over 20 cars which are numbered serially in his name?
“Secondly, has he accounted for all the funds he collected when he was at the National Assembly?”
He continued: “Ever since he lost re-election into the National Assembly, he has been involved in this business of offering himself for hire to organize protests. He in turn hires other people who join him in embarking on his phoney protests. ”
He maintained that Melaye’s protests were never anchored on altruism.
He continued: “I heard that there was some kind of disorder yesterday because he couldn’t pay those he hired to embark on the protest he led.
“For now the Minister is only answerable to the National Assembly which has summoned her to come and explain the circumstances behind purchase of the two BMW security cars. The National Assembly was elected by the Nigerian people and the Minister is only answerable to that institution” Obi concluded.