It seems to be a case of double “wahala” for Senator Dino Melaye as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday commenced the recall process of the senator representing Kogi West, who is currently in police custody at the National hospital Abuja.
The Kogi State resident electoral commissioner, Prof. James Apam, in a press conference on in Lokoja announced the commencement of verification exercise of voters in his constituency.
He said INEC had put all necessary modalities in place to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
“The verification exercise, which is the first in the line of activities to be carried out in a recall process, will be done on 28th April, 2018 in 560 polling units in the Kogi West Senatorial District,” he said.
The exercise, billed for Saturday, April 28th, is in accordance with the constitutional provision that 50+1 registered voter must be confirmed to have signed the recall petition register.
Apam said that the result of the exercise would be announced on Sunday when collation is expected to have been concluded.
“The result of the verification exercise would determine whether or not to proceeded to the next stage, which is referendum.”
The resumption of the recall exercise is sequel to the Appeal Court ruling which gave INEC the green light to continue.
Senator Dino Melaye was on Tuesday arrested by the Nigeria Police in Abuja on charges bordering on alleged gun running.
The senator accused the police of acting in concert with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to annihilate him.
Bello however denies any hand in Melaye’s travails.