FULL DETAILS: How Dino Melaye asked Senators to stop recall process

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

On Tuesday, the embattled senator, Dino Melaye, asked his colleagues in the Senate to help stop his recall by voters in his constituency.

PREMIUM TIMES has reported moves to recall the lawmaker with the electoral commission, INEC, issuing a timetable for the recall process.

Read the full transcript of what Mr. Melaye told his Senate colleagues on the recall below.

Mr. President, my colleagues, the election that brought me to office, the total score of both valid and invalid votes for nine candidates, Mr. President, is 118,000; but my governor and his appointees in four days claimed they got a signature of over 188,000. Nowhere in my constituency did they see to receive people’s signature. They got INEC data base for registered voters and copied in one writing into a report register to forge all the signatures.

Mr. President, as I speak to you, I have over 120 dead certificates issued by the National Population Commission and these people’s relations and families have sworn to affidavit and these certificates have been deposited and as I speak to you, the names of all these dead people has been submitted in the recall register sent to INEC.

Mr President, a 116 of my colleagues, my constituents I meant to say, also have sworn to affidavit that their names and signatures appeared in the recall register and they were not the ones that signed it.

Mr. President, 86 of my constituents have also sworn to affidavit to state that they were approached that the government want to carry out a fertilizer empowerment program and requested for their PVCs and thereby deceived into putting their names on the recall register. All these affidavits sworn to by these people have been submitted to INEC and the court.

Mr. President, I am alerting this chamber on a situation that whereby a senator or a legislator will call for collective and enumerative measure in their state. My only sin is that I asked my governor to pay 17 months salary and pension to workers because the holy books says a labourer is worthy of wage. I am not going to belabour us, but they have been spending our money on pages of newspapers, spending money that they want to recall Dino Melaye.

The reason for recall is clearly stated is either… (pause) Mr. President it’s either you have been absent or you have underperformed or you are a sleeping senator, so for that reason you may initiate a recall. But this recall is not initiated by my constituents, it is by my state government and I want to bring the attention of my colleagues that this orchestration and injustice and lies of malicious manifestation of my governor should not be entertained in any democratic setting.

I want to call on this Senate that this should not be allowed anywhere and not because it is Dino Melaye, it can be any member of the House of Assembly tomorrow and House of Representative. It can be any senator where his governor will just come up and cook names, signatures, including those of dead bodies and initiate a recall process because he has our common patrimonial resources within his disposal. I thank you for listening.


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  • arik

    So u need help from ur fellow senators not even ur constitutes? Ok! Still watching how they can help u out?.

    • eshe_70@yahoo.com

      His constituency has nothing to do with the recall process. It’s being sponsored by forces outside Melaye’s constituency especially by Kogi state governor

      • Rote

        Kogi State governor is even one of Dino’s constituents so Bello can rightfully sponsor Dino’s recall. He should take his battle to his constituency and not to the Senate, any interference from the Senate will be undemocratic as the Senate have no role in the recall process..

      • tai28

        He should then allow the referendum to proceed sine his constituency did not interested in recalling. It is a referendum where people will vote for or against the recall. The governor has only one vote if they are from the same senatorial district.

  • Höly Wähala

    “Mr. President, my colleagues, the election that brought me to office, the total score of both valid and invalid votes for nine candidates, Mr. President, is 118,000; but my governor and his appointees in four days claimed they got a signature of over 188,000… Mr. President, as I speak to you, I have over 120 dead certificates issued by the National Population Commission and these people’s relations and families have sworn to affidavit and these certificates have been deposited and as I speak to you, the names of all these dead people has been submitted in the recall register sent to INEC.” – Sen. Dino Melaye

    Like him or loath him, clearly, Sen. Dino Melaye has made a valid arguement about dead people signing his recall petitions and if Gov. Bello and his cronies can’t impeach him on that, then, the entire recall exercise was grounded in fraud and poltical vendetta. It is a shame that a dog would be given a bad name and slaughtered just to play on public sentiments about that dog. Melaye is being hounded by Bola Tinubu Cabal within the APC and their efforts will fail since it is a charade that has the connivance of media outfits like Premium Times and SaharaReporters, hackjobbers known for slanderous reportage.

    • Höly Wähhala

      Betrüger. Are you from Nigeria or from Liberia as claimed on your refugee papers in Germany? Betrüger

    • tai28

      He made no point, it is a sorry state that Nigerian lawmakers n=know nothing, they are empty upstairs. 118,000 voted during the election, yes, but is Dino aware the total number of registered voters in hos constituency? Probably no because if he does, he will be aware that those on the voters’ list but did not vote during the 2014 election has every right to ask for his recall since he is representing them in the senate. His argument would have been valid if he said the signatories are more than the total registered voters. Furthermore, senate floor is not where he should argue his case- the appropriate place is called COURT OF LAW.

    • Tola

      So that is what should be debated in the red chambers when there are many bills not attended to? The process of recall is there and verification is part of it. It is not the duty of the Senate to superintend the exercise. Segun Adeniyi put it succinctly in his lecture to the reps. They get personal in everything. People may be indifferent during election but if you become such an embarrassment more may be corralled to sign. Voting is only one day. This took four days and may be house to house. So let the process go on.

  • Kayode Oluwaojebi

    @Dino. Your ‘constituency’ may need to be renamed the constituency of the dead. Incidentally, that’s the constituency my grand mother came from so I know their life expectancy is good. Perhaps there are things you guys are doing in that constituency differently. Are you saying over 10% of the voters in your election have all died after just 2 years? You are indeed a phenomenon in this your art of desperation!

  • Opekete

    Dino suddenly became a crying baby. The senate have no power whatsoever to stop INEC from performing its constitutional duties. By the way you guys know how to pay off the registered voters in the night so that they will be dead in the day and resurrect in the night. Or is Saraki broke?