Thursday, 22 March 2018

INEC to resume Dino Melaye’s recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it would continue with the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye in line with the judgement of the Court of Appeal

At the appeal court on Friday in Abuja, the three judges, led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba at the Federal High Court in 2017, on grounds that there was no cause of action. 
“For now, all legal hurdles as far as we are aware have been removed so the commission should proceed as if the case did not occur,” says INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi.

Voters of Kogi West senatorial district of the embattled senators appended signatures for the recall of the senator. The recall process was commenced by INEC, but Melaye headed for the court to halt it. However, he lost at the High Court and thereafter appealed.
Justice Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Melaye, seeking to stop INEC from initiating his recall from the National Assembly. He held that senator Melaye’s complaints were ‘hasty, premature and presumptuous” and therefore ordered INEC to go ahead with its planned verification exercise of the 188,588 registered voters who were said to have signed a petition in support of the recall process.

INEC has fixed April 28 for verification, and May 5 for a referendum to be conducted in line with the electoral laws. Meanwhile, Senator Melaye has vowed to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge this decision


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