The Independent National Electroral Commision (INEC) yesterday issued a fresh timetable for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.
The process is now to start on October 3rd with the issuance of notice of recall and end of notice on October 14 with the subsequent conduct of verification in all poling units in the Kogi West district.
It will be recalled that Mr. Melaye had earlier approached an Abuja division of the Federal High Court, the court presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ahead of his recall exercise earlier scheduled to begin in July.
Following Mr. Melaye’s application, the court ordered The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to halt the recall exercise, pending the determination of Mr. Melaye’s application.
On Monday September 11, The Court, in his ruling, Nnamdi Dimgba dismissed Dino Melaye’s application seeking to nullify his recall and then ruled that INEC provides Mr. Melaye with the recall petition, schedule of signatures attached to the petitions and a full list of persons in support of the recall process, within two weeks before an amended time table for the recall would be made.
In a statement signed by the Secretary of the commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu , the commission said: “Further to the statement by the independent national electoral commission issued on September 12, 2017, the commission today issued an amended timetable and schedule activities pursuant to the petition for the recall of senator Dino Melaye.
In fixing the timeline for the verification, sufficient time has been provided for the senator to study the petition and accompanying materials to effectively prepare for the verification exercise in accordance with the order of the Federal High Court. Abuja.” She concluded.