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Recall: Melaye, staffers avoids INEC service

*Next plan of INEC to serve him unclear yet

By Sandra Onyekwere

As if to respond and dispel the opinion paraded by Senator Dino Melaye when he asserted that the recall process against him is over by virtue of the expiration of the 90 days prescribed by law, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stormed his office in the National Assembly earlier on Tuesday.

The officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived at the National Assembly Complex to inform the Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, on receipt of the petition on his recall.

The officials were at the door of Melaye’s office with heavy documents believed to be the petition. They met a locked office. This is based on the fact that Melaye and his staffers must have had a prior knowledge of the coming of the INEC officials and avoided being served in person.

Otherwise, why were all of Melaye’s aides not also seen around the office to receive the petition?

The embattled lawmaker had on Monday told journalists that the 90-day deadline set for INEC by Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) had expired.

He was recalled by www.gongnews.net to have said: “I celebrate the obituary of the ‘Made in Taiwan’ recall exercise, while sympathising with the induced petitioners, who will obviously face charges of forgery and other criminal charges before a court of law very, very soon,” he had said.

The plan of the INEC officials to serve Senator Dino Melaye is yet unclear. Given that the National Assembly just resumed back from recess, it is not clear if the INEC officials will repeat the visit until Senator Melaye is served with the papers or whether some other method of service may be deployed.

We shall keep an eye on the developments.

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