‘My recall process has expired’
The embattled Chairman Senate on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye has said his recall process has expired.
The lawmaker who represents Kogi West in the National Assembly argued that moves by his constituents to recall him expired on September 23, 2017, adding that the process commenced on June 23.
He hinged his position on Section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution, which provides a 90-day window within which a lawmaker could be recalled by his/her constituents.
According to the provision: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives may be recalled as such a member if: there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member and which signatures are duly verified by INEC.
“The Petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by INEC within 90 days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the voters of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency”.
But addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Melaye said the moves by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recall him, on account of petitions from some registered voters in his senatorial district has become null and void and of no effect.
He accused Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his predecessor, Smart Adeyemi of being behind his ordeal.
He added that the whole process would hit the brick wall in the face of the law, pointing out that he has appealed against a judgement he claimed, was fraudulently obtained by the electoral body and its sponsors.
“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 said.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja
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