It now appears that nothing will save the controversial Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, from being recalled from the Nigerian Senate by his constituents on allegations of poor representation. At the moment, a total of 188, 580, electorate from Kogi West have signed the recall register of Senator Dino Melaye. This depicts that 52.3% of his constituents have passed a vote of no confidence on him. This is well above the constitutional benchmark of 51.1% needed to recall a serving senator.
The returning officer for the recall of the serving senator, Adamu Yusuf announced the figure at the All progressives Congress State Secretariat in Lokoja on Monday and said that out of 360,098 of the total registered voters of the seven western senatorial districts comprising Yagba, Mopa Muro, Kabba Bunu, Yagba East, Koton Karfe, Lokoja and Ijumu, 188, 588, signed the recall register constituting 52.3% of the voters in senatorial district.
Others are Mopa 18,356 voters (9,186 signed comprising 50.04%), Kabba Bunu 60,522, voters (28,277 signed making 46.7%, and Yagba West out of 35, 966 registered voters 20,029 signed signifying 55.7%.
Lokoja local government recorded the highest with 63, 736 (54.8%) voters recalling the senator out of 116, 296 registered voters.
” Going by the above figures, it is important to let Nigerians know that we have met the Constitutional requirements of 51.1%. Dino has failed to represent Kogi West so we are calling him back home,” Yusuf pointed out.
Noteworthy is the fact that the seven Local government administrators constituting Kogi West were all present during the exercise.
Mr. Melaye’s times in the Nigerian Senate have been turbulent. The vocal senator, who is a staunch ally of Senate President Bukola Saraki, was recently accused of not graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) as he had claimed. However, the matter was finally settled when the school ultimately confirmed that he graduated from the department of Geography with a third class. Though many people went away thinking that the university officials may have compromised.
If the recall goes through as expected, it would be an inglorious exit and a political obituary for a man, who has the ambition of becoming the president of Nigeria.