Again, INEC Puts Dino Melaye’s Recall on Hold

Senator Dino Melaye is heading for the election tribunal
Senator Dino Melaye is heading for the election tribunal
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Senator Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again suspended the verification exercise in the process for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye.

The commission in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Solomon Soyebi, said it decided to concede to the rule of law and await the outcome of the appeal filed by the senator before going ahead with the recall process.

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In its amended timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of Melaye, the notice of verification was scheduled to commence on Tuesday.

The amended timetable was made pursuant to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
However, INEC said all its efforts to serve the affected lawmaker with the notice of recall personally failed, saying that the senator failed to make himself available.

Deal of the day

The commission later approached the court to obtain an order for substituted service but the court declined and asked INEC to go and serve the senator personally.

The latest on matter is that the lower court has disqualified itself from further hearing of the case pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the embattled senator at the Court of Appeal.