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RECALL: Kogi APC moves to save Sen Melaye, sues INEC

It appears some respite has come the way of Senator Dino Melaye in moves by his Kogi West constituents to recall him.

To ensure Melaye is not recalled, the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to a Federal High Court in Abuja over the matter.

This is coming just as the Senate on Tuesday described the move to recall the senator as a waste of time, and resources.

In the suit by the APC, the party prayed the court to stop INEC from activating the process for the recall.

Aside APC, other plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/601/2017, are Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, Hon. Shaibu Osune, S.T Adejo, Comrade Yahaya Ade Ismail, Chief Gbenga Ashagun, Ahovi S. Ibrahim, Ghali ND Usman, Isa Abubakar, I. Molemodile, Abubakr M. Adamu and Daniel Sekpe.

The plaintiffs, through their lawyer, Mr. Solomon T. Ologunorisa (SAN), want the court to declare that the petition presented to INEC chairman for Melaye’s recall, is illegal, unlawful, wrongful and of no effect whatsoever.

Kogi APC further urged the court to rule that the recall process initiated vide a purported petition against Melaye by some of his constituents, pursuant to Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution, is illegal, unlawful and of no effect whatsoever for being contrary and in contravention to the rules of natural justice and constitutionally guaranteed right to fair hearing under section 36 of the 1999 constitution.

The plaintiffs further sought for a court injunction restraining INEC from going ahead with the process to recall Melaye.

The date for the hearing of the suit has not been fixed as it is yet to be assigned to any judge.

INEC had, regarless of Melaye’s earlier suit in court over the matter, announced that it would kick-start the recall process on July 10.


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