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Melaye in hot soup as INEC kick-start his recall process

The recall process of embattled senator,
Dino Melaye, is still ongoing in his home
state of Kogi
- Melaye is the current senator representing
Kogi West Senatorial District in the
Nigerian Senate
- His constituents kick-started the process
of recalling him last year
Civil society observers duly accredited
by the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) has given their
verdict on the recall process of the
embattled Senator Dino Melaye.
Melaye, 44, is the current senator
representing Kogi West Senatorial
District in the Nigerian Senate.
His constituents kick-started the process
of recalling him last year, after accusing
him of abandoning them after he was elected.

The observers are Northern Patriotic
Front, Global Development Centre,
African Initiative for Sustainable and
Positive Development and Centre for
Credible Citizens Awareness.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com today,
Friday, April 27, the groups stated that:
“Having keenly observed the process
leading to the April 28 verification of
signatures of legible voters calling for
the recall of the said senator, we wish to
make our position and findings thus far
clear as thus:
1. The demand by the electorates and
citizens in Kogi West Senatorial District
to recall their senator is in order and
constitutional, hence should not be
interrupted.
2. INEC in line with our relevant
enabling laws as a democratic nation
have so far shown transparency, fair-
play and credibility in the entire
process
3. Distribution of sensitive materials for
Saturday’s verification exercise is
strictly ongoing without any hitch.
4. In showing transparency, INEC
accredited ten (10) reputable civil
society organizations as observers for
the exercise with the mandate for them
to observe the entire process and report
accordingly without bias.
Based on the fact that the Kogi West
Senatorial District Recall is one of its
kind and will also help in strengthening
our democratic values and promote
credible, accountable and quality
representation, we therefore make the
following demands:
a. Every eligible electorate in Kogi West
Senatorial District should come out en-
mass to participate in this exercise
without fear.
b. The electorate in the district should as
well conduct themselves in an orderly
and peaceful matter.
c. INEC, having commenced well, given
cognizance to the rule of law, electoral
process and constitutional rights of
citizens should also finish well without
blame.
d. Security agents in the state should
ensure a peaceful atmosphere while the
exercise last.
“We the INEC duly accredited Civil
Society Observer Groups are seriously
monitoring the recall process across the
seven local government areas in Kogi
West Senatorial District, as it will help in
shaping further our democratic
principles by giving back constitutional
powers to the electorates to both elect
and recall their representative as the
case may be.
“Finally, we state that the Kogi West
Senatorial Recall has clearly
demonstrated that in democracy, power
ultimately belongs to the electorate.
Politicians and elected representatives of
the people should take note.”

Last year, INEC received 188,588
signatures out of the 360,098 registered
voters for the recall of Dino Melaye
from the Senate.
The commission received six bags,
which contained the signatures of
52.3% of the electorates from the zone
and other petitions.
Kogi West senatorial district to recall
senator Dino Melaye from the Nigerian
Senate

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