Dino Melaye’s recall: Court orders INEC to ‘maintain statusquo’

Senator Dino Melaye [Photo: dinomelaye.com]
Senator Dino Melaye [Photo: dinomelaye.com]

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered parties involved in the planned recall of a senator, Dino Melaye, to maintain Statusquo.

Mr. Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, explained that maintaining statusquo meant the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should halt the plan to proceed with the recall of the Kogi senator.

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

Mr. Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, confirmed the order to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday evening.

“The court gave an order exparte saying that parties should maintain statusquo until it hears our motion for interlocutory injunction; because we had filed a motion for interlocutory injunction”.

“Now parties have all been asked to let things remain as they are, till September 29 when the court will entertain arguments on the interlocutory injunction seeking to stop INEC from proceeding with the recall,” Mr. Ozekhome said.

INEC had listed its planned procedure for the recall process of Mr. Melaye following petitions written and signed by more than half of the electorates from Kogi West senatorial district where Mr. Melaye represents.

The process had been slated to begin on July 10.

Mr. Melaye approached the court shortly after the said processes were disclosed by INEC on Monday.

A group of indigenes from Kogi State had also filed a separate appeal at the same court demanding the suspension of the recall process by the commission.

Reacting to the various applications in court, INEC’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said mere applications without court decisions were inadequate to prevent the recall process.

“Only a legitimate court order or an injunction can be considered by the commission,’’ Mr. Oyekanmi had said.

INEC has not reacted to the latest court decision and how it would implement it.


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  • George

    SEPTEMBER 29TH.

    Is Gov. Bello there.

    OR has Tinubu finally relocated to London to nurse buhari penis injuries.

    Or Tinubu wife weewee on herself tonight again.

    People should understand that Dino and Saraki are two evil but evil’s we deserve now to distance Tinubu from reaching the Senate.

    Nigerians need Dino and Saraki now more than they need Nigerians because they are our saviors in this trail time when evil Tinubu and his cult members has succeeded to poison Buhari microphone during elections time just to have him dead then they will use back door to take over power.

    That is why I am suggesting we give the North free hands to represent another Dog among themselves who they want to continue where buhari drop out not transferring power to that Tokenism rat who Tinubu planted under buhari anus.

    Nigerians cannot afford to have a drugs pusher at the centre, NEVER.

    • NOI sucks

      You better take some medications, Dino and Saraki’s evil plan is dead on arrival, those goats won’t smell the senate come 2019. If there is anyone sitting or standing close to you now, borrow some coconut and tell whoever to break it on your sick head. All of you will die before Buhari.

  • simon tor gideon

    If Dino is not afraid of being recalled or his recall process died at the point it was raised as declared by his thieving colleagues in the senate,why is he running to court to stop it instead of allowing INEC to do its work and vindicate him?

    • sab

      If PMB was not afraid of being removed from office on account of his alleged certificate issues why did he hire 13 lawyers to defend him? Many people come to this forum to distort facts. Because one does not like the face of someone else should not be enough to turn the law on its head.

      • Absolutely Sane

        I remember that you are one of the lawyers. Ode + Mumu, did Buhari take himself to court? The gentle man simple statement is hard for you to comprehend. Instead, you started throwing tantrum.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, a f00l like you sued Buhari to court so he ought not to defend himself ? How is that similar to this ? TWAT !

      • share Idea

        it was 23 SAN though, but don’t mind hypocrites

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  • Uncle Bene

    @simontorgideon: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 natural 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.

    • thusspokez

      How does an injunction add any sense to a duty the constitution itself compels?

      I am fuming as you can see or perhaps not see. For members of the judiciary, it is business as usual. But why has PT withheld the name of the judge?

      As we have seen in the recent case of Malam Malami, public pressure on these arrogant people will force them to change their ways, if not retreat.

  • Dr

    I hope the injunction was not given by Justice Ademola

  • Truthometer

    Nigerian judges have started again! How much was paid for this injunction? We are in deep “poopoo” in this country!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    No court of law in any state or Federal high courts, have the authority to stop the recall petition signed by the voters in Kogi West Federal constituency as such injunction might be contrary to the rule of law and judicial process.Such court injunction violates the right of the Kogi-West Federal constituency to exercise their constitutional right to vote and recall their representatives if dim fit.The judge must have been offered and received huge bribes as usual practice by Nigerian judges and justices.

  • Sarah

    STATUS QUO = situation at present with INEC initiating recall.
    STATUS QUO ANTE = situation before the recall process started.

  • Man_Enough

    The group of indigenes from Kogi State who filed the separate appeal at the same court were simply part of those (48%) who did not sign. they have no case unless our judiciary is once again compromised as usual.

  • Mufutau Abdul-Yakeen

    Can anybody tell us if INEC invited the two parties (Recall and Retain Melaye) to the place place where the signing of the recall papers took place?