90-Day Deadline For My Recall Has Expired - Melaye
“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.”
Senator Dino Melaye said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
“I have been inundated with calls by my constituents, friends, political allies and members of the general public ever since the expiration of the 90 days period as provided for by the Nigerian constitution for INEC to conclude the process of the recall by conducting the referendum.
“It is therefore crystal clear that by the provisions of Section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution, INEC must act on the petition purportedly presented to it on the 23rd of June, 2017, by conducting the referendum within 90 days of the receipt of the petition. In this case, INEC received the petition on the 23rd day of June, 2017.
“The 90 days period, as provided for in the constitution for conducting the referendum elapsed on the 23rd day of September, 2017.
“The time, as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having elapsed by effluxion of time, I, Senator Dino Melaye, cannot and shall not under any circumstance, aid and abet INEC to further desecrate and infringe on the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which I have sworn to defend.”
The senator said it is in this spirit that he deemed it necessary to address the press to highlight his points, one of which was that “in view of the lapse of time, I shall no longer be in a haste to take any further step in this matter so as not to be seen to have aided any party, especially INEC, in the continued blatant breach of the provisions of the constitution which I have sworn to uphold.”
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