Dino Melaye: INEC yet to receive court order, to proceed with recall – Official

Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it would continue with the process for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, despite a court ruling asking it to maintain statusquo.

Rotimi Oyekanmi, media aide to the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this Friday, said it was yet to be served with the court papers putting the process on hold.

Mr. Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, had explained that maintaining the statusquo meant INEC should halt the recall process.

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had on Thursday ordered parties involved in the planned recall of a senator to maintain statusquo.

The order was made exparte; implying the order was given without hearing the other party, in this case INEC.

According to the timetable released by INEC, the notice of verification would be posted at the commission’s constituency office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on July 10.

The commission also said it would verify the signatures of those calling for the recall on August 19 and publish the results same day.

Mr. Oyekanmi said the Commission was yet to be served with the court papers as of Friday afternoon and therefore it would go ahead with the process.

“I asked our Director of Legal services this afternoon and she told me she had not received any court paper. I wouldn’t know if she eventually got the papers between then and now (7.52pm). If we are not served with the papers it means we will continue with the process,” he told PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone Friday night.

Mr. Oyekanmi however promised to call the director to find out if the papers were eventually served on the commission and get back to this newspaper but never did.

Efforts to reach INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, for comments were unsuccessful as he did not pick calls to his mobile telephone. He did not also respond to a text message sent to him by this newspaper.

Mr. Osaze-Uzzi’s deputy, Nick Dazang, could also not be reached.

INEC had recently 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 kick-start the process on July 3.

Mr. Melaye has accused the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, of sponsoring the ‎recall process. Although both men are members of Nigeria’s ruling APC, they are political enemies.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:DIABETES Is CURABLE! Don't Let It Threaten You! To NORMALIZE Your Blood Sugar In 21Days For Life, Click Here!!!.


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • BobSolo

    Let us remove this man from the senate

    • Sonomelaye

      @Bara44: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 for
      instance 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)

    • ‘remmydais’

      @Bara44:disqus

      INEC WILL ULTIMATELY SERVED WITH THE INJUNCTIVE ORDER; BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT.

      NIGERIA HAS BEEN WRECKED AND BROUGHT TO THE GROUND BY THE LIKE OF DINO MELAYE

      A COUNTRY WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE STANDARDS FOR DECIDING ITS REPRESENTATIVES IS DEAD.

      NIGERIA WILL CONTINUE TO SINK UNDER SO LONG AS DINO MELAYE IS KOGI WEST’s BEST CALL.

  • Uncle Bene

    @Bara44:disqus

    Judges of courts in Nigeria are being severely slapped;
    flogged and stripped naked inside the courtroom by well-organized militias
    who give justice according to something else. In Ekiti a High court Judge was grabbed
    inside the courthouse and slapped into total unconsciousness for being too corrupt
    for people’s liking. In Ughelli four High Court Judges were flogged in the courtroom
    by aggrieved residents for the same reason. One Judge was actually punched
    drunk inside the courtroom whilst presiding over a case. Two others amongst
    them were locked up inside car booths and taken into a deep forest for beatings.
    One of those two Judges was later hospitalized for months.

    I am sorry for all other Judges of
    Nigeria’s courts. Most of them only have narrow training in law without broad
    education in political, science or history to understand things more fully.
    Life is not based on sections and sub-sections of any ordinance but on concrete
    experiences differently felt by human beings who each have a sense of outrage
    from where a sense of right or wrong springs. Nothing is more irrelevant to
    humanity in its understanding of right or wrong than an interlocutory injunction
    which is all the more senseless where the duty intended to be performed by INEC
    via recall vote is constitutionally stipulated. How does an injunction add any sense
    to a duty the constitution itself compels? This is why the legal profession is comatose
    and likely to give up the ghost in Nigeria soon.

  • Fernando Luis

    INEC, the court order is still on the way to be delivered to you. The delay is from the postman. It is usual in Nigeria. Don’t be in a hurry for the witch-hunt process you to embark on which will later turn to be fruitless exercise at the end. Bunch of morons