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Dino Melaye Biography, Marital Status, Politics, and Net worth

Dino Melaye Biography.

Dino Melaye is a Nigerian Politician, Businessman, Activist, and an Entertainer.

Real NameDino Daniel Melaye
Date of birthJanuary 1st, 1974
Place of OriginAyetoro Gbede, Ijumu, Kogi State
NicknameSDM
Source of WealthPolitics, Business
Net worth$800 million
Marital StatusSingle

Dino Melaye, the astute and dogged politician, was born on January 1st 1974 in Kano State.

He was a student of Abdulaziz Attah Memorial College in Okene, where he completed his secondary education.

He graduated from the prestigious and highly esteemed Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna, where he clinched a degree in Geography in the year 2000.He was a distinguished member of the hallowed chamber of the legislative house — senate, representing Kogi West Senatorial district. He hails from Ayetoro Gbede which is in Ijumu,a local government in Kogi State.

Political Life

In the year 2015, he joined the People’s Democratic Party where he contested for a seat in the House of Representative and won, representing Kabba/Ijumu federal constituency. During the 2015 senatorial election, he got elected as a member of the senate, representing his people in Kogi West.

While in the house, he seconded that Dr. Bukola Saraki should get a nomination as the distinguished president of the senate house, his nomination was supported by Ahmad Sani Yerima.

On the 23 of February 2019, he got re-elected to return to the senate house where he continued as a senator and a member of the 9th senate.

His opponent during the election, senator Smart Adeyemi, a notable member of the APC, headed to the tribunal, telling the court to abrogate the election because there were cases of election fraud.

The election was later annulled on the 23 of August 2019 and a re-run election was conducted. Despite the numerous contentions of Dino with both the federal and state government, his senatorial seat could not be retained. The Independent National Electoral Commission was then given an order to conduct another re-run election.

INEC decided that another date should be fixed for re-run election, as the governorship election had already been fixed to be conducted on the 16th of November 2019, but Dino urged INEC to conduct the election on the same day with the governorship election. He claimed that Yahaya Bello wants to rig the election for his anointed candidate, Smart Adeyemi.

Senator Smart Adeyemi defeated Dino Melaye, his opponent, with a margin of 20,000 votes, but the election was later declared inconclusive by the electoral body due to several cases of violence and electoral malpractices in more than 50 polling units within the senatorial districts. Another make-up election was slated for 30th November, 2019, although there were rumors that Dino had planned to boycott the election venue, but was seen in his polling unit voting.

There wasn’t a massive turnout from the electorates during the supplementary election because people were scared of being intimidated, wounded or killed by the fierce-looking thugs during the main election. Dino was still defeated, as he maintained a wide margin.

Although there were speculations that the election result was altered by the state government so as to favor Smart Adeyemi, taking the position of Dino in the senate house.

Marital Status

This controversial senator is a single parent. He was formerly married to Tokunbo Melaye. She had to file for divorce after complaining that she was a victim of domestic violence and that Mr. Melaye always beats her and sometimes pointing gun to her head. The union produced three beautiful children.

Certificate Scandal

Dino got himself enmeshed in several certificate scandals in 2017. He publicly announced to have bagged a degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the prestigious Harvard University in the United States.

His acclaimed certification from these universities have not been ascertained. Nevertheless, he still stood his ground that his claims are devoid of lies. However, Senator Ali Ndume, one of the honorable members, urged the senate house to ascertain Melaye’s claim.

Awards and recognition

Dino Melaye stands out among other senators. He was known to be very active, outspoken and constantly raising motions while in the senate house, which has earned him numerous awards and recognitions. Some of the numerous awards are:

  • Epitome of Servant by  National Association of Kogi State Students.
  • The Great Motivator of Students by Nigerian Economic Student Association.
  • Best Honorable Representative of the Year by Global  Youth and Awareness and Development Initiative.
  • Protector of the Youth P.D.P National Youth Vanguard.
  • Youth Libra for Award by the Visioners Club of Kogi State.
  • 2008 Diplomatic Member of the year by St. Monica’s College Kabba.
  • Most performed National Legislator by Vision Youth Group.
Dino Melaye Speaking on TVC News