- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) formally acknowledges the receipt of the petition from some voters in Kogi west senatorial District demanding the recall of Senator Dino Melaye
- The national commissioner of INEC, Mohammed Haruna, says the commission deliberated on the petition at its weekly regular meeting held on Thursday
- INEC states that it would proceed to the next step which involves verifying to ensure that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi west senatorial district
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has notified Senator Dino Melaye about a petition from some voters in Kogi west senatorial district demanding his recall.
The electoral commission on Thursday, June 22 formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition on Melaye’s recall.
The national commissioner of INEC, Mohammed Haruna, in a statement said the commission deliberated on the petition at its weekly regular meeting held on Thursday, June 22.
“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the commission has formally acknowledge the receipt of of the petition to the petitioner’s representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition," INEC said.
The commission stated that it would proceed to the next step which involves verifying to ensure that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
It said on July 3, 2017, it will issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise.
Below is the press statement by INEC acknowledging the receipt of the petition for Melaye's recall.
Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye has described his recall process as a hoax.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the lawmaker noted that his recall would not lead to payment of workers’ 15 months’ salary arrears in the state.
The post read: “It cannot succeed. It is a hoax and absolute comedy of errors. I’m laughing at the stupidity of Kogi State Government. Many appointees will go to jail for forgery.
“Even dead people’s names on the recall register. A governor who does not know what double registration is may not as well know the procedure for recall. Every lie has an expiry date.
“This comedy of errors will soon end. No shaking at all. This won’t solve the problem of not paying salaries for over 15 months. No retreat no surrender. Truth is my only defence.”
In the NAIJ.com video below, hundreds of constituents queue to sign the petition on Senator Dino Melaye's recall from the Nigerian Senate.