Save me from recall, Dino Melaye begs senators

Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye

The Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, at the Senate plenary on Tuesday rallied his colleagues to save him from being recalled by his constituents.

The appeal comes as the Independent National Electoral Commission unveiled a timetable and modalities for the exercise at his Kogi West Senatorial District.

The senator restated his claim that his recall was masterminded by his state governor, Yahaya Bello

Mr. Melaye cited Order 14 of the Senate Rule and pleaded with his colleagues to act.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured Mr. Melaye of the upper chamber’s support, proclaiming the recall process “dead on arrival.”

Mr. Ekweremadu said the Constitution made recall a cumbersome process, and, as such, would be difficult for Mr. Melaye’s opponents to succeed.

“The Senate would also verify the legitimacy of the votes before a conclusion is made,” Mr. Ekweremadu said; although the deputy senate president’s claim is not stated in the constitutional requirement for recall.

Signatures for Mr. Melaye’s recall were collected at his constituency in an exercise that began on June 10.

Campaigners said 188,588 signatures were submitted to INEC, which is more than 52 per cent of about 260,000 voters in the constituency.

On June 22, INEC notified Mr. Melaye of the recall process. His lawyers responded with a lawsuit the next day, asking the electoral body to stay all actions relating to the exercise.

INEC, however, said it would proceed with the recall process since there was no court injunction stopping it.


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  • Arabakpura

    Coward Dino Melaye!

    • abdul

      u re d coward, y will he be recalled just because he ask the governor to pay 17 months salary?

      • Arabakpura

        That he is a coward does not mean that he has no supporters!

  • Spyman29

    Ekweremadu is quoting what is not in our Constitution.

    • Rumournaire

      Politics is the art of speaking deceitfully with so much confidence that your hearers actually believe it to be the truth.

  • sanusaliyu

    useless Dino, no liver

  • Olu-Lion

    the most cumbersome process is the collection of the signature, verification can never be 100% accurate, INEC will just look at margin of errors. Not even a court can stop the process unless Melaye can prove that a significant step was skipped. Saraki just sacrificed Melaye to gain the favour of Lagos.

    • omo56

      Favour of Lagos. Now Senator Tinunbu no longer jave to see Dino/s face in the senate

  • Mamman Bako

    The fish will soon be out of water. Dino did himself in, the good thing though is that Kogi State now has peace and the Senate with a bit less drama. All hail Dino the dinosaur.

    • KLARION KALL

      @mammanbako:disqus ,

      Rise up ye criminals; and, save Dino Melaye!

      “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 Secretary
      to the Government of the Federation (SGF, Babachir Lawal) who became
      a grass-cutter”.

      ………………APC Senator Dino Melaye

      (June 1st, 2017)

  • TUNERI2

    Imagine what Ekweremadu is saying. Dead on arrival. So in a democracy, the people no longer have the power to elect their rep.. These people have taken power from the people and are now worse than the military government. Something have to happen in this country. As things are now, the country have been hijacked by these thieves

    • GG

      The hijack is not today. The senate was stolen from the Nigerian people on the first day of sitting. We have allowed that illegality to stand. If care is not taken they will steal the building in which they seat. Vagabonds in Power as Fela call them.

  • GG

    What I do not understand is why INEC is taking too much time. Time is money and they should accelerate this recall – Haba!

    If this man escapes the recall, he is going to wax a serious album this time and we do not want to listen to his song.

    • Rumournaire

      There is significant logistics involved in verifying 188,000 signatures. You cannot just wake up and do it overnight. It is as cumbersome as organising voting in an entire senatorial district – all those signatories would need to go to their polling centres to confirm that the signatures are theirs. Let the process run its course. One or two months is not too long to sort this out. If the recall sails through (and I hope it does), it would be a landmark case in Nigeria. Just be patient!

  • simon tor gideon

    If a meember of the federal executive council had said this on any action taken by the senate,they would quickly summon him to come and explain.Ekweremadu should know that every segment of governance has its rules of operation so why not allow INEC to do its work?Shame on the current senate which most of us view as the worst in the last 18 years of our democracy.

  • amusbay

    nonsence talk, do Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu represent kogi west to determine what will happen to their representative? why crying to senate?

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    We need a strong willed, determined and uncompromising man as president.

    Those against the progress of this country are NOT timid and conciliatory. They will fight you with everything.

    There is no way Nigeria can win this war on corruption and impunity when teh guilty are NOT afraid and do not expect or fear retribution or consequences for their actions.

    All around us we see corruption winning.

  • Oskirin

    dino,,but u were boasting some weeks back..it dawned on u nw? he no go dindin 4 u.

  • Princess Saka

    Mr. Dino Melaye, you have gone to the wrong people to ask for assistance, hence you can only get a wrong advice. And if you are able to get yourself out of this entanglement through this means, you would have succeeded in making yourself more notorious and ending your political career. I bet you, what you need at this time is to have a sober reflection make amends with your constituents and your state. Power resides with the people not the senators. Let your constituents know you are ready to make amends to your ways by doing the needful which is addressing all the issues raised prompting them to make a recall in the first place. In doing this, you would have displayed humility, sobriety and a celebration of the enthronement of democracy.

    • Hanky-Panky

      @princesssaka:disqus,

      The recall of Dino Melaye is overdue. Nigeria has never been worse disgraced abroad than by Dino Maelaye’s
      riff-raff misconduct and fisticuffs inside the parliament with a torn singlet like a stark illiterate. And, Talking about illiteracy, there’s nothing to show that Dino Melaye went to school or anything suggesting that a school passed through him. Without showing he passed a compulsory course for graduation with university transcript evidence,
      the mere say-so of Ahmadu Bello University’s Vice Chancellor that Dino Melaye graduated, must be held with
      the highest level of distrust, regardless that the Senate had quite naively accepted that bare testimony without
      corroboration by the university’s Convocation List.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Too late to cry when the head is off.

  • Sean

    This Eleweremadu is useless! Nigeria is a jungle where Eleweremadu is the Deputy Senate President. Eleweremadu from SE want to truncate the voters of the middle belt, what a paradox! But did I hear Eleweremadu was a lawyer? He should know “dead on arrival” is not in the constitution and if he blocks it, he will be dead before the train arrives at destination. MELAYE is a goner, he’s toast! Believe it or not ! I said same bout Gej and sycophants attacked here, I fear no sycophant but on this issue? Melaye is gone already

  • Bakanridi

    Mr Melaye get ready to carry your cross, no Ekweremadus or Bukolas will save you from the wrath of your people. If you like hire hundreds of SANs, they will be of no use to you. You should start preparing for outcome of your constituents decision. THIS IS THE GOOD SIDE OF DEMOCRACY. Let’s wait for D Day and see.

  • Myk

    This Ekweremadu should be examined, am sure he has serious mental issue if not he would not have vomited that gabbage. Meanwhile Dino, your time is up and I wished that Efcc will pick you up and double your calamity, you should be made a public show because you have become a public disgrace. The time has come for you to know that your godfather Saraki does not care a hoot about you, he sacrificed his father on the political altal so who are you not to be sacrificed? . I look forward to the next State get together of kogi state, because Saraki will be special guest of honour. ……mumu, you just lost ALL

  • Meffis

    How did someone like Dino Melaye became a senator? am still baffled! My conclusion is simple, there is no hope for this country. Am sorry, but this is how everything has proved.

  • Konkolo

    Our country has been taken over/mismanaged by thugs calling themselves Nigerian politicians. Nigerians are waiting to see how our thuggish Senators will interpret the constitution of the of the land relative this case at hand. We have become the laughing stock of the world. What a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Therefore he goofed.

  • Konkolo

    Our country has been taken over/mismanaged by thugs calling themselves Nigerian politicians. Nigerians are waiting to see how our thuggish Senators will interpret the constitution of the land relative to this case at hand. We have become the laughing stock of the world. What a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Optimist

    This is a beautiful history in the making. At least, if for nothing else, a successful recall will serve as a warning signal to members of the National Assembly (of selfish politicians) that they can be kicked out by embittered electorates. It takes no much campaign than just signatures. Melaye, it’s unfortunate that you are the guinea pig for this pragmatic experiment by young Bello. The outcome will benefit this country immensely. Take in good fate for the sake of national development in the democratic front.

    • Sam

      Even if the recall isn’t successful, it won’t take 188,500 people anytime to RECALL his SKULL if he dare travels to Kogi state

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Lolzzzzxxx!

  • Spoken word

    It is Ekweremadu and his family that are dead on arrival

  • Opekete

    Ekweremadu’s senate is about to take over the job of INEC. The senate is going to verify the recall process according to Ekweremadu. The senate accused the acting president of not respecting the institution of government because he has refused to sack Magu. Now the senate want to verify the recall process of Melayes’ recall process a job that is exclusively the responsibility of INEC. What a bunch of contradiction and idiocy.

  • factfinder

    So Mr Melaye is just waking up from deep sleep? Ok contunu

  • IG

    I blamed our sluggish president for all the nonsense happening today, and now saraki is more powerful than him. That’s serves him right for been too sluggish to act

  • Watch man

    See area boy begging colleagues. Is it the senate that elected you? If your motive is to serve your people you should not be afraid of being recalled if they are dissatisfied with you. It is because of the criminal greed you people swim in that is making you not to desire recall. Thieves!

  • Bright Ezeh

    Ekweremadu is consoling his partner in crime kogi is not enugu , what do you expect from ekweremadu by the way Dino and saraki made him deputy Senate president, the lssue is Dino is in trouble

    • Anonymous

      In trouble for what? They need to let him finish his term.

      • Dualpolemedia

        I think u are the king makers, no wonder u want to start his re-election campaign.

        • Anonymous

          Dino must finish his term and get re-elected by the people.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    No senator, even Dr Bukola Saraki, can save you the corruption indicted Dino Melaye, who has for long embarrassed the voters of Kogi-West constituency, that voted you as senator to represent their interest in the senate chambers.Worldwide, the voters retain their right unchallenged to recall any senator or representative, that abused his/her official duties as the voters, voted you into office and can as well could recall recall you if you fail to perform meritoriously.

    • abdul

      do u knw what a recall process entails? i guess no. dino melaye was awarded the best senator in 2016. its only a senator found with laxity that is supposed to be recalled nt the likes of dino melaye. if u hate him den hug transformer