The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has formally notified Senator Dino Melaye of the demand by his constituents to recall him from the Nigerian Senate. INEC’s National Commissioner and member Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Haruna, made this known in a statement released to the press in Abuja on Thursday.
INEC said that the decision to officially intimate Mr. Melaye was taken at its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, where the petition submitted by voters in Kogi West Senatorial District was considered.
It also said that it would issue a notice to the petitioners and Melaye on July 3, to tell them when it would begin the verification of the signatures of those who signed the notice.
Haruna said, “INEC has held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by whole registered voters from Kogi West senatorial district to kick-start the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye.
“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the Commission has finally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Dino Melaye of our receipt of the petition.
“The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district.
“INEC will on July 3, 2017, issue public notice stating dates, time, location and other details for the verification of the exercise.”
Aggrieved voters from Kogi West were at INEC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday where they presented their petition, requesting the recall of the senator.
A high-ranking member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ijumu, Mr. Cornelius Olowo had led the delegation and he stated that the the quality of Melaye’s representation was unsatisfactory.
Mr. Olowo had said, “We want Senator Melaye back because of poor representation, he is also not accessible to us, he is unreadable and has no constituency projects.
“Apart from the fact that he has never called any town hall meeting, there has been a major gap between the senator and the people he claims to represent.”
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported that 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.