Dino Melaye Gives Reasons Move To Recall Him Will Not Work
A senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, is confident that the ongoing move by his electorates to recall him will fail.
Electorates in the 7 local government areas that make up the Senatorial District had on Saturday besieged polling units in the area to endorse the request for the recall of the senator.
After signing the document, they affixed photocopies of their permanent voter cards to the recall form.
But Melaye believes he had done a lot to deserve their support.
He was in Kabba, Kogi State, on Sunday and addressed his supporters.
The Senator claims his achievements in the Senate were enormous and that the people of the constituency were solidly behind him.
Melaye, who later led his supporters on a peaceful march round Kabba town, alleged that the state Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, was behind the move to recall him.
He alleged that 30 supporters of his, who refused to be part of the move were arrested on the order of the governor.
“Quote me, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has released 200 million Naira for each of the 7 local government areas in my senatorial district to facilitate my recall from the Senate,” Melaye claimed.
In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, described Melaye’s allegation as unfounded.
The governor and the Senator have been at loggerheads in recent times.
Their disagreement climaxed after the reported assassination attempt on Senator Melaye in his home town in Ijumu Local Government Area in April.
After the incident, police arrested the sole administrator of Ijumu, Honourable Taofiq Isa, for alleged involvement in the assassination attempt. He was released on bail.
Isa is widely believed to be the closest local government boss to the governor and the chairman of the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ALGON.
As provided by the constitution, a member of the Senate or of the House Representatives may be recalled if;
(a) 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
(b) the petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within 90 days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member's constituency.