Senator Dino Melaye has accused the Chairman of Aiyetoro Gbede Local Government Area of Kogi State, Taofiq Isa, of hiring hitmen to kill him.
Isa who doubles as the chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has however, debunked Melaye’s claim saying he has personal problems confronting him.
He said, “I’ve never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino if any is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Yahaya Bello.
“Let him prove it. I lost my uncle a week ago, I’m still attending to my sick wife and busy supervising the APC re- registration programs. I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case.”
Melaye had claimed that assailants shot sporadically into his Kogi house about 12 am on Saturday, accusing Isa of being behind the alleged attack.
He said, “I got a rousy welcome from Kabba to my home town yesterday and I know it angered the power that be in the state which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life.
“At about midnight we started hearing gunshot. They fired more than 200 rounds of bullet into the house. This attempt to kill me will not stop me from speaking the truth. “If I speak the truth I will die, if I lie I will die. Me, I’ve decided to speak the truth and die. I’m not afraid of death. I only respect men I don’t fear them.
“This attempt is being championed by the chairman of my local government. He had said it many times that he will do everything to stop me from coming home. Beside, those assailants when leaving were chanting ‘We will know if it’s Taofiq that owns the land or you.
“I am championing an administrative course. I will continue to speak and be voice to the voiceless. I’m not deterred, I remain resolute to make Kogi better. Noting will stop me from coming home.”