The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Otunba Dino Melaye, on Sunday stunned the congregation at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Oke-Ayo (Iluafon) Assembly in his home town, Ayetero-Gbede, Kogi State, when he narrated how he was tempted to seek diabolical means during preparations for the 2015 general election.
According to him, there were several temptations for him to ascertain his fate at the election which he contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Melaye who is representing Kogi West, made the revelations during a special thanksgiving service and empowerment programme for youths in the area, attended by 26 Senators and all traditional rulers in the area.
He rolled on the floor of the church, wept and thanked God for His mercy to the admiration of the congregation.
According to him, some of his loyalists who were deeply concerned about his fate ahead of the election, tempted him to seek victory prediction through different diabolical means, including soothsayers, which he flatly rejected.
“When I was contesting election, some people, among them my supporters, came with various advises. In fact, somebody said that I should go to the seven local government areas and fetch the soil. He said that was the way to my victory and I laughed at his ignorance. I rejected it because I’ve vowed that I will never seek diabolical means to achieve power. It is good to serve God,” he said.
During the empowerment programme, 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus valued at N9 million each was donated by him to the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in Kogi West, Council of Ulamas, Kogi West and the National Automotive Technicians and Artisans Association (NATA) and Ijumu Development Union (IDU).
Other items donated include a 32-seater coastal Bus to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) within Kogi West valued at N32 million; electric grinding machines to widows in all the 85 wards of Kogi West; sewing machines to indigent apprentices who have completed their trainings and driers and salon kits.
Melaye also doled out computers to secondary schools within the senatorial district and 250 telephones to his loyalists and gave scholarships to the poor in all the wards.