Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Only courts can stop recall process-INEC says as Dino Melaye begs senators to help him




Embattled Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, at the Senate plenary on Tuesday called on his colleagues to save him from being recalled by his constituents.

The senator restated his claim that his recall was masterminded by his state governor, Yahaya Bello.

However,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said only a legitimate court order could stop the process .

Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that filing a lawsuit was not enough to stop the recall process.

INEC had on Monday released the schedule of activities for the recall of Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, with Aug. 19 fixed for verification of signatures of petitioners demanding his recall.

But, various suits have been instituted in courts to stop to stop the process.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured Mr. Melaye of the upper chamber’s support, proclaiming the recall process “dead on arrival.”
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