My Recall Process Has Expired: Sen. Dino Melaye


Chairman, Senate Com­mittee on FCT, Sen Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), yesterday gave a deadly blow to the recall pro­cess being carried out against him by the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC) on account of peti­tions received for that purpose from some registered voters from the senatorial zone.

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Melaye, who addressed the Journalists on the linger­ing process, said based on provisions of section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), 90 days durations specified for such exercise has passed since the process start­ed on the 23rd of June, 2017.

The section in question states: “A member of the Sen­ate or of the House of Repre­sentatives may be recalled as such a member, if – there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a peti­tion in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the per­sons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleg­ing their loss of confidence in that member and which signatures are duly verified by INEC.

“The Petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by INEC within 90 days of the date of receipt of the pe­tition, approved by a simple majority of the voters of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency …”, he said.

According to him, for INEC to still be forging ahead with a process that had outlived con­stitutionally stipulated dura­tion, shows that the electoral body is out to violate the laws of the land in the bid of carry­ing out the wish of some self­ish politicians in Kogi State.

He specifically alleged that the State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Sen Smart Adeyemi were behind the recall process based on a petition signed by only three persons in flagrant violation of constitutional provisions for that purpose.

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He added that the whole process would hit the brick wall of failure in the face of the law as he has appealed against a judgement he claimed, was fraudulently obtained by INEC and its sponsors.