188,580 electorates sign to have Senator Dino Melaye recalled

*Governor Bello is behind my plight

*INEC explains how he would be recalled successfully

Senator Dino Melaye may eventually enter the record books as the first democrat to be recalled in this Republic if the current movement succeeds which he has blamed the state governor, Yahaya Bello as the person behind his current plight.

Both men have been on a mouse and cat situation taking their disagreements to mundane levels, sometimes in the public domain.

Senator Dino Melaye who is representing Kogi West senatorial district is facing a recall process. A total of 188,580 electorates are reported to have already signed the recall register form.

Announcing the figure at the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Secretariat in Lokoja, the returning officer for the recall of the serving senator, Adamu Yusuf, explained that out of 360,098 of the total registered voters of the seven western senatorial districts comprising Yagba, Mopa Muro, Kabba Bunu, Yagba East, Koton Karfe, Lokoja and Ijumu local government areas a total of 188, 588 have signed the recall register constituting 52.3% of the voters in senatorial district.

Yusuf while giving a breakdown of the recall exercise noted that for Yagba East, out of 35,331 registered voters, 18, 374 (52%) signed the recall of the serving lawmaker.

Others are Mopa 18,356 voters (9,186 signed comprising 50.04%), Kabba Bunu 60,522, voters (28,277 signed making 46.7%, and Yagba West out of 35, 966 registered voters 20,029 signed signifying 55.7%.

Lokoja local government recorded the highest with 63, 736 (54.8%) voters recalling the senator out of 116, 296 registered voters.

For Koton Karfe 24,703 (52.77%) voters penned their signature while in Ijumu out of 46,819 registered voters, 24, 238 depicting 51.8% passed a vote of no confidence on the senator to represent them in the National Assembly.

“Going by the above figures, it is important to let Nigerians know that we have met the Constitutional requirements of 51.1%. Dino has failed to represent Kogi West so we are calling him back home,” Yusuf added.

What INEC will do to recall Dino Melaye: INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said a petition signed by at least 50% of the registered voters in that senatorial district must be submitted to the commission.

“It is only when the petitioners get 50% of the registered voters that they can submit a recall petition to the commission. That is when INEC can commence the recall process, but we have not received such petition.’’

Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi said upon the receipt of such a petition, the commission would also embark on verification, to ascertain whether the recall petition was actually signed by registered voters in that senatorial district.

He said in conducting the verification of the signatures, the commission would also need to inform the senator involved and the petitioner, to set a date for agents from both sides to be involved in the exercise.

“It is only when we are satisfied with that, we now go for a referendum. That is what the constitution states. For now, we don’t know if anybody is trying to recall him until a petition is submitted to the commission.’’

The director further said that the commission would notify the public if anybody or group was able to mobilise the required number of signatures and send a petition to the commission.

Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye had alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi had released N200 million for the reported ongoing moves to recall him.

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