INEC releases time-table to recall Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday released the time table for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye on Monday.

The decision of the electoral umpire is coming amidst efforts by Mr. Melaye’s lawyer to stop the commission from kick starting the process.

INEC had last week acknowledged receiving a petition from Mr. Melaye’s constituents asking to recall him. About 52 per cent of registered voters in the lawmaker’s constituency are believed to have signed the petition.

The commission had also written to the senator intimating him formally of its receipt of the petition and that it would kickstart the process on July 3.

Earlieron Monday while speaking to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone, spokesperson of INEC, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission would meet to decide on the timetable.

“Yes, it is true we received a letter from his lawyer but that is just an intention to go to court, the case has not been heard so you can’t say we should stop our process because he wants to go to court.  He can go to court and pursue whatever he wants to, but we’ll go on with our process,” he said.

Mr. Melaye, had through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017 challenging the bid to recall him.

Mr. Ozekhome, thereafter, wrote to INEC informing it of the suit and asking it not to commence the recall process until the matter is heard.

INEC however said instituting a suit alone is not enough to stop it.

In the timetable it released, INEC said it would verify the signatures of those calling for the recall on August 19 and publish the results same day.

See time table below:

S/No.ACTIVITYDATEREMARK
1Notice of Verification10 th     July 2017To be  posted at the constituency (INEC LGA Office Lokoja)
 
2Last day for submission of application by interested observers31 st  July 2017INEC Headquarters
3Last day for submission of names of verification agents  for the member sought to be recalled and the petitioners10 th  August 2017By a letter addressed and submitted to the REC indicating the Polling Unit verification agents arranged by LGAs as well as collation agents and where they will serve
4Stakeholders meeting15 th  August 2017INEC State office
5Conduct of Verification19 th  August 2017To be held in all Polling Units in the constituency
6Declaration of the outcome of verification19 th  August 2017At the Constituency (INEC LGA Office Lokoja)
 

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  • Emeka

    INEC August 19th is like a century to over 90% of Nigerians!! What stops you guys of verifying the signatures next week? Is verification a difficult job inec?

    • Uduak Akpan

      Inec, why August .it’s too far,the matter needs prompt action to show him another side of coin

    • Malik

      Na Nollywood script dem dey act.
      August 19th is enough time for Dino’s lawyer Mike to find a ‘favourable’ judge to dabaru the whole process.

  • emmanuel

    I knew the APC will destroy itself. That is what the Bible says. He spirit of God has set confusion in the camp of the enemies of Nigeria, for the restructuring to take -off.
    When the APC danced naked from 2013 when they had their merger and began campaign, we all said they journey would not last long.
    They have exhausted all they supplies for a long journey which consisted mainly of deceit, lies and propaganda. Shame!

    • Man_Enough

      Dino is more of an opposition than a loyalist to APC.

      • emmanuel

        Read me “hat is what the Bible says. He spirit of God has set confusion in the camp of the enemies of Nigeria,”
        He is not any opposition. He is a political rascal in the camp of the APC. The fact that he does his thing his way, does not make him an opposition.
        Is it not true that the APC is a party of criminals and bare-faced thieves?
        Nigerians had concluded before his statement that the APC government made what is called corruption a child’s play by adopting outright stealing of all budget releases, IDP food and monies, NIA $286 million, Paris fund refunds etc.
        Dino is only Anti-Tinubu until Aisha gave birth to Bello’s ascendancy in Kogi, then he added Buhari to Tinubu in his pack of internal enemies, while Smart Adeyemi played the antagonist from without.
        In all, Dino is still APC.

        • USMAN MUSA

          You are part of enemies of Nigeria, because your not a saint, you are a common criminal stop deceiving us with Bible verse, preach for your self first.

          • emmanuel

            I am a common criminal, you work for common criminals, in addition to you being a terrorist and an abetter of foolani herdsmen.
            Which is better?

        • George

          They even steal the food Saudi provided for them for breakfast.

          Very shameful people.

    • The prophet

      Bro who is dino melaye in APC? He has no weight. If your prayer is for APC to scatter forget Dino melaye. For your information dino and saraki are in opposition since June 9, 2015. So look elsewhere for who will help you divide APC.

      • Suleiman Alatise

        You should have ignore him.

      • Chisom Stanley Nnodimele

        Dino stands as darkness in APC. Who talks like that? A man without dignity!!!

    • USMAN MUSA

      IN IPOB I SPEAK, GO TO BIAFRAUD AND KEEP QUITE, APC HAD COME TO STAY.

      • emmanuel

        I am a friend of Biafra and not ashamed of it and i know they will achieve their goal someday. At such time, people from every part of the dismembered Nigeria will have access to their wealth or investments domiciled in the previous entity called Nigeria.

  • Akiika

    Ajeku iya lo’n je (2ce) Dino ti o l’enu ni be to’n se gira gira, Ajeku iya lo’n je!
    Dejavu? kind of a replay of how common butter-sh Dimeji Isiaka kicked him out of the House of Representative.
    Like play, like play…it’s becoming real!

  • FreeNigeria

    By September 1, this mumu thug will be certified bag carrier for saraki wife

    • George

      Tell Tinubu to forget about senate president as Saraki has taken over, stop crying baby girl

  • Frank Bassey

    Exercise in futility.

    • Mufu Ola

      ..Until the bell rings on Melaye’s outster.

  • Uket Philip

    Before August 19, a lot of money must v come their way. Nothing good ll come out from this inec

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  • Malik

    This na proper Nollywood script wey INEC dey act so.
    The date August 19th is enough time for Dino’s lawyer Mike to find a ‘favourable’ judge to dabaru the whole process.
    How else can one explain away an INEC that initially stated verification will commence July 3rd only for the day to arrive and all we get is a timetable.

    • Sonomelaye

      @MoneyYo:disqus

      “Democracy is defined as a government of the people, by the people and for the people,
      but what we had in the time of Jonathan was ‘greedocracy’ – which is government of the greedy,
      by the greedy and for the greedy. Today, under Muhamadu Buhari, we have ‘criminocracy’ –
      a government of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals. Wrong appointment
      led to the emergence of the former (suspended) Secretary to the Government of the
      Federation (SGF, Babachir Lawal) who became a grass-cutter”.

      ………………APC Senator Dino Melaye

      (June 1st, 2017)

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  • George

    tHIS is the result if damaging a good man’s name.

    They all gathered to insult GEJ now God Almighty has turned them against themselves and no one will help them, they will all be consume one after the other says the LORD ALMIGHTY.

    • Dan Arewa

      GEJ (a shoe-less canoe boi) was kicked out of Aso Villa during 2015 general elections. What was his offense to LORD ALMIGHTY that he was subjected to such a painful defeat?