Following the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday released the timetable for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.
In a statement released by INEC, signed by its Secretary, Mrs . Augusta Ogakwu, the process will start on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
The recall process will start with the posting of the notice of verification at the commission’s office in Lokoja, Kogi State and end with the declaration of the outcome of the verification on April 29, 2018.
The statement said, “Pursuant to the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division , delivered on March 16, 2018 , the Independent National Electoral Commission hereby issues this timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State.
“The process will begin on March 27, 2018, with the posting of the notice of verification at the commission ’s local government area office in Lokoja, Kogi State and end with the declaration of the outcome of the verification on April 29, 2018.”
According to INEC, it was exercising its powers as conferred on it by “ Sections 69 and 110 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Section 116 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf.”
It said that April 4 is set as the last day for submission of application by interested observers, while April 20 is set as the last day for the submission of the names of verification agents for the member sought to be recalled and the petitioners.
A stakeholders’ meeting for the matter is expected to hold on April 25 at INEC ’s state office; conduct of verification on April 28 in all polling units in the constituency and declaration of the outcome of verification on April 29 at the commission’s Local Government Area office in Lokoja.