The Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, displayed “hollowness” by delving into a matter as private as his marriage to his wife.
Mr. Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district, had on Wednesday cited Mr. Oshiomhole’s marriage to a Cape Verdean as an example of Nigerians refusing to patronise made-in-Nigeria goods.
“What are those factors limiting the production of these goods? We must tackle them. We must also begin to look at our legislation, then we will begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria goods,” Mr. Melaye had said.
“We will also move in order to encourage made-in-Nigeria products and begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria women.
“Apologies to my uncle, the Governor of Edo State, we must as a people stop paying dowries in dollars and pounds. It is time for my colleagues here to become born again.”
A statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Peter Okhiria, said the attack was unprovoked, urging Mr. Melaye to apologise.
“Our attention has been drawn to the unprovoked verbal assault launched by one Senator Dino Melaye on the governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, while making a contribution on the floor of the Senate on the need to patronize made-in-Nigeria goods.