The woman leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, has denied receiving N75 million from Senator Oluremi Tinubu to organise a rally against Senator Dino Melaye for reportedly assaulting the former Lagos First Lady during the Senate’s executive session last week.
A civil rights movement, Committee for the Defence of Women’s Rights, CDWR, had alleged that Senator Tinubu released N75 million to Mrs. Nelson through one of her sisters identified as Funlola to organise a protest against Melaye in Abuja today.
The National President of CDWR, Prof. Taibat Majekodunmi, had made the allegation against the APC chieftain in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
But Mrs. Nelson described the allegation as a figment of the imagination of the committee.
In a statement she personally signed and issued to journalists yesterday, the APC woman leader said that she didn’t need to collect a dime from Senator Tinubu or her husband, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to organise such a rally.
According to her, the Tinubu’s were her mentors, who she was ready to support without any pecuniary gain.
The politician insisted that she would participate in a rally that would be staged by a women group today in Abuja to protest the alleged assault on Mrs. Tinubu by Melaye.
“We are moving to Abuja in full force to be part of this protest against Melaye for harassing a woman of substance like Senator Tinubu, whose family paid a huge price for our democracy.
“Our democracy is still nascent and we must do everything within our power to protect it.
“We should not allow people like Melaye to rubbish what took years and cost us several lives to achieve. What Melaye did was not just against Senator Tinubu, but against all women and against our democracy. We will not behave like Nero, who sleeps, while Rome burns.
“All right thinking members of the society must rise against this oppression and an open insult against women by a man that has done little or nothing for our democracy. We cannot pretend that nothing is happening, when such a sacrilege is being committed in our country.
“With what Melaye has done, he has been demystified and he should be recalled by his people without any delay. We cannot keep quiet at this material time. As Professor Wole Soyinka would say; ‘the man dies, who keeps silent in the face of tyranny”, the statement read