Dino Melaye To File Appeal Against Recall Tuesday – Lawyer

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

The embattled senator, Dino Melaye, has vowed to file an appeal on Tuesday against Monday’s judgement by the federal high court ordering continuation of the process for the recall.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, ordered the continuation of the recall process after dismissing the senator’s motion against it.

Mr. Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, in a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, said he had been directed to file an appeal.

“Of course we are challenging the judgment. The appeal against the judgment would be filed tomorrow,” Mr. Ozekhome said.

He added that a fresh motion against the respondents will also be filed after his client had viewed the petition against him.

“We are appealing against parts of the court judgement that did not favour us,” Mr. Ozekhome said.

“You know that they did not initially want to disclose the identities of the petitioners to our client. But today, the court has ordered that they should provide the details of all the signatories.

“After looking at them and being able to show that some of them are fake, the names of dead people, I can assure you that we will start a fresh legal battle against the respondents,” Mr. Ozekhome said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC had ordered the commencement of Mr. Melaye’s recall after over half of the registered voters in his constituency petitioned the commission to demand that the senator be recalled as their representatives in the senate.

The process had been suspended in July following a petition by Mr. Melaye against INEC on the matter.

The court, however, withdrew its suspension of the process and ordered that a new timetable be created within two weeks, after INEC produces the details of the signatories, the petitions and names of those supporting Mr. Melaye’s recall to the senator.

Mr. Melaye has accused the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, of masterminding the call for his removal.


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  • Sean

    OZEKHOME ALWAYS TURNING LEGALITY TO ILLEGALITY!

    • sab

      What is ‘turning legality to ilegality’ here? Is it out of place for one to appeal against a judgement that did not go his way? When did Nigerian constitution forbid one from appealing against a court judgement? Or is it because one whose face is not loved and who has been a critic of the government of his state is involved here? I can’t understand how our people see criticism these days, it is baffling.

  • sheyman

    Delay tactics as usual, challenge the ruling till supreme Court which may last over a year.

  • Okokondem

    Premium Times will do well to stop stepping on their own message. For those of us willing to give you the benefit of the doubt that your reporting rises to the level of investigative journalism often find ourselves wondering why the political fortunes or lack thereof of a guy like this Dino Melaye’s should be of interest to us. Of all the problems begging for attention in Nigeria why do Nigerian journalists and members of the news media at large always get fascinated with politics of personality?

    If the report is not a rehash of Desiani’s looting saga, it’s about some other crook being arrested for fleecing Nigeria even though all the charade surrounding such arrests never lead to a successful, conclusive adjudication.

    Bottom line, Nigerian journalists including those reporting for Premium Times should focus on relevant topics and issues of consequence to the struggling average Nigerian. I don’t give a damn about political intrigues of Dino Melaye or any other under-worked, overpaid Nigerian politician.

    I will say it again, PREMIUM TIMES, find something worthy of yours and your reader’s time to report on.

    • Shawn

      Maybe you can help by giving us a clue as to real issues begging for attention if dizeani loots is not attention worthy

    • Ade Omowest

      Issues in respect of Rascals and halve baked educated illiterates like Dino Mlalaye in the Red Chamber of our Senate, including Looters of our Commonwealth like Diezani is of great interest to majority of Nigerians. If you are so irritated that your mentors are being exposed in this forum, you can just excuse yourself from reading it; instead of fuming.

    • Eze

      bros you for jump and pass na if not important to you. abeg the report dey important to us sir.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    IF DINO IS FIGHTING THOSE HE REPRESENTS, IT THEN MEANS HE IS REPRESENTING HIMSELF AT ABUJA. The man has no shame.

  • GusO

    First the Appeals Court should let stand the judgment in Justice Dimgba’s court and not rehear it. In the US, the Appeals and Supreme Courts don’t rehear every case that’s appealed to them. The judges of these Appeal or Supreme Courts just look at the previous judge’s written judgement, take a roll call and if the majority agree with the judgement, they let stand the previous ruling. I don’t know why Nigeria’s Appeal and Supreme Courts have to accept every appeal case.

  • OJpo

    Nigerians should ask Dino’s Lawyer. Some profoundly and fundamental questions.
    1. what are his contributions to the growth and development of NIGERIA. And Where is his place or position in anti corruption crusade.or in the history of Nigeria .
    He is feeding fat on corrupt people.He feels comfortable and proud in representing the corrupt Nigerians.

  • Rev

    I think it’s time for this occultic man to look for another job. He is clearly swimming against the tide.