APC Sues INEC Over Move To Recall Melaye
The All Progressives Congress in Kogi State and 12 others have asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission from commencing the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye.
Melaye is representing Kogi West Senatorial District. INEC said it will start the recall process on July 10.
In the Originating Summons filed at the registry of the court on Tuesday, other plaintiffs listed alongside APC are Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, Hon. Shaibu Osune, S.T Adejo, Comrade Yahaya Ade Ismail, Chief Gbenga Ashagun, Ahovi S. Ibrahim, Ghali ND Usman, Isa Abubakar, I. Molemodile, Abubakr M. Adamu and Daniel Sekpe.
In the application, the plaintiffs, through their counsel, Solomon T. Ologunorisa (SAN), want the court to declare that the petition presented to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for the recall of Melaye is illegal, unlawful, wrong and of no effect whatsoever.
They also want the court to declare that the recall process initiated via a purported petition against the Senator by some of his constituents pursuant to Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution as illegal and unlawful.
They claim it contravenes the rules of natural justice and constitutionally guaranteed right to fair hearing under section 36 of the 1999 constitution.
They are therefore seeking for an order of court injunction restraining INEC from commencing the process of recall.