Senator Dino Melaye has claimed he is yet to receive any letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, notifying him on his recall from the National Assembly.
INEC on Thursday said it has notified the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, on petition demanding his recall from his constituency.
The electoral body said it received over 188,000 signatures of eligible voters from Mr. Melaye’s constituency demanding for his recall.
Reacting to the report, Mr. Melaye disclosed on Friday that he is yet to receive the notification letter from INEC.
He further urged his supporters to remain calm and peaceful, adding that they will always prevail.
No letter from INEC yet. I urge all my supporters to remain calm & peaceful. God is on our side & light will always subdue darkness.— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) June 22, 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has notified Senator Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, on recall petition it has received from his constituency.
THE WHISTLER reported on Wednesday that the electoral body received over 188,000 signatures of eligible voters from Mr. Melaye’s constituency demanding for his recall.
INEC in a statement signed by its National Commissioner, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said the decision to notify the lawmaker followed a meeting held at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The electoral body said it will verify the petitioners and will on July 3 publish details of the verification process of all the signatories to the petition.
The statement reads: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters from Kogi West Senatorial District to kickstart the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye.
“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition.
“The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
“INEC will, on the 3rd of July, 2017 issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise.”
Meanwhile, Senator Melaye late Wednesday condemned his recall move, saying it is a political witch-hunt from Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.
Should Mr. Melaye’s recall succeed, he would be the first serving senator ever recalled in Nigeria’s history.
Second Republic member of the House of Representatives and Russian trained medical doctor, Junaid Muhammad, has questioned the federal government’s silence over the quit notice issued to Igbos residing in the northern part of the country.
Muhammad, who spoke at a public lecture organised by the Mumbayya House, with a theme, “Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria, Reflections on INEC Transformation 2011-2015″ in Kano, said the government is fuelling the drums of war through its silence.
He said: “I must make it clear that lack of brutal frankness on the part of government, when it comes to national issues, appeared to be fuelling these drumbeats of war.
“Various ethnic groups and individuals have been making remarks capable of breaking the unity of Nigeria but I haven’t heard the government as the epitome of statehood calling people to order.”
Recall that the president of the Coalition of Northern Youths Abdulaziz Suleiman during a press conference in Kaduna ordered all Igbos living in the North to vacate the region.
Although, the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai scolded the group for the statement, the federal government is yet to react to the issue.