By Gbenga Gbelee
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were today (September 26) at the National Assembly Complex to officially notify the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Red Chamber, Senator Dino Melaye, on the petition to recall him which the commission received from his constituents.
The officials were there with loads of documents which they dropped at Sen. Melaye’s door while the lawmaker was in the Senate chamber.
It was observed that Sen. Melaye’s office was met under lock and key while none of his aides was around to receive the notice.
The embattled lawmaker had on Monday said the 90 day ultimatum which the law in section 69 (as amended) sets for the nation’s electoral umpire has expired thereby making a continuation of the recall process a wild goose chase.
Sen. Melaye also alleged that his detractors resorted to the recall process after they had failed in all attempts on his life adjudging it a sham process.
While reiterating his commitment towards serving the people on whose mandate he got elected into the red chamber, Sen Melaye who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday described the recall exercise as a “made in Taiwan” arrangement which is dead already just he assured that the petitioners would soon be facing charges of forgery and other criminal charges before a court very soon.
It would be recalled that INEC acknowledged receipt of a petition against Senator Dino Melaye on the 23rd of June, 2017 and is expected to conduct a referendum within 90 days of the receipt of the petition.
In this case, INEC received the petition on the 23rd day of June, 2017 and the 90 days period, as provided for in the constitution for conducting the referendum elapsed on the 23rd day of September, 2017.