Signatures To Recall Melaye Gets To INEC

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Senator Dino Melaye.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has received signatures from the electorates in Kogi West Senatorial District, asking for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

Six bags, which contained the signatures of 52.3 percent of the electorates from the zone and other petitions, were submitted to the Commission in Abuja.

Kogi West, which Melaye represents in the Senate, has seven local governments areas.

Signatures and petitions from each of the local government area were packaged in each of the bags, which were tagged according to the names of the local governments.

The local governments and the percentage of voters who signed the recall petition showed that Yagba West had the highest number of voters asking Melaye to return home from the Senate.

The breakdown, as shown in the petition, is Yagba West, 55.7 percent; Lokoja, 54.8 percent ; Kogi, 52.77 percent; Yagba East, 52 percent; Ijumu (Melaye’s local government), 51.8 percent; Mopa/Moro, 50.4 per cent and Kabba/ Bunu, 46.7 per cent.

A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress in Ijumu, Cornelius Olowo, who led the delegation insisted that the constituents were not satisfied with the quality of Melaye’s representation.

He insisted that the Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, was not the sponsor of the petition against the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory.

Section 69 of the Constitution stipulates on how to recall senators from the Senate.

It states that (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives may be recalled as such a member if—

(a) there is a presentation to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member; and

(b) the petition is thereafter in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within 90 days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency.

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