Contrary to news making rounds across social media about Senator Dino Melaye graduating with distinction was false.
Former Kogi West Senator in the eighth National Assembly, Dino Melaye, graduated with Second Class Lower Division and grappled with several “carry-overs” while studying Law at the Baze University in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, SaharaReporters has learnt.
A carry-over is a common tertiary institution slang used in Nigeria for students who have to repeat a course after failing it the first time.
Results of Baze University convocation booklet obtained showed, contrary to trending reports that Melaye finished top of his class, that the senator finished with a second class division degree.
Sources divulged that Melaye, with Matriculation Number, BU/18B/LAW/3226, also had “carry-overs” during his degree.
“Contrary to trending stories that Dino graduated on top of his class with a First Class Degree, he never did and actually had several carry-overs for the period he studied law at Baze. He barely managed to graduate,” one of the sources told our correspondent.
Some online reports had claimed that Melaye emerged as the best graduating student of Baze University, Abuja, despite currently staying in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, had posted a picture of him on Facebook, alongside other individuals adorned in an academic dress, with the caption “Senator Dino Melaye graduates from Baze University, emerges best graduating law student.”
Despite rarely being in Nigeria after losing his reelection into the National Assembly in 2019 and currently based in Dubai, some reports had claimed that it was surprising that the former senator did not only graduate but was awarded the best graduating student with a yet-to-be-confirmed Grade Point Average (GPA).
Baze University documents obtained has confirmed the former senator did not finish with a first class degree in Law from the university.
Melaye is not new to academic controversies.