Dino Melaye demands apology from Obi over Arise TV debate drama


The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign council, Senator Dino Melaye, has demanded an apology from the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Peter Obi on Sunday night got angry and lashed out at Melaye during the presidential town hall session organised by Arise TV in Abuja.

The drama started when one of the attendees stood up to question the presidential candidates and Dino was heard saying “Na wa o, Obi people.”

On hearing Dino’s utterance, Peter Obi snapped at him.


“Stop that Dino. Why are you always calling me? I won’t take that. This man is from ANPP. Why are you calling him Obi people?” a visibly angry Peter Obi said.

However, Melaye on Monday said a person vying for Nigeria’s President must be calm, noting that he did not do anything to Peter Obi.

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He said a contestant for the presidency should not be reacting in such a manner to the public, stressing that Obi should be calm like the Delta State Governor.

He said; “He was not provoked; I was seated far opposite the top seat where they were sitting. I didn’t mention his name. And I was really surprised to see that type of outburst from a presidential candidate. Is that the type of president he is going to make? Just taking on people and showing unpresidential characteristics?

“I didn’t do anything. So that outburst is unwarranted, very unpresidential, and unacceptable of a leader.

“A leader must be mature. One who wants to govern this country must be accommodating, must have a lot of patience, must have perseverance. These are basic characteristics of leadership anywhere in the world,” Melaye said in a video posted on his Twitter page on Monday.

“You want to be President of Nigeria and you are reacting in such a manner in public? This one will slap ADC for office as president. So I want to clear the air, there was nothing, I didn’t do anything to him,” he said.

“So provoked and carried away by the performance of Governor Okowa, I deserve a serious apology from the former Anambra State governor.

“He was so provoked and so carried away by the performance of Governor Okowa that he was saying that somebody outside is from ANPP. Does that make any sense, is there any party like the ANPP in Nigeria today?

“Next time when you want to go for a debate, be as calm as Governor Okowa…but that was very unpresidential and I deserve a serious apology,” he said.