Melaye’s Recall: INEC Waiting For Appeal Court Decision
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has put every action on the recall process initiated against Senator Dino Melaye on hold.
It says it is waiting for the Court of Appeal’s decision on latest suit over the Senator’s recall before taking further steps on it.
In a statement on Tuesday night in Abuja, a spokesman for INEC, Solomon Soyebi, said all attempts to serve the Senator with his constituents’ petition have been futile.
INEC had in its amended timetable and schedule of activities on the recall of Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District at the Senate, planned to issue the notice for signature verification on Tuesday.
The amendment of the timetable was made pursuant to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
In its judgment in a suit filed by Melaye to stop the recall process, the court dismissed the action and ordered INEC to serve him personally with his constituents’ petition.
The court directed that the documents must be served on Melaye at least two weeks to the commencement of the exercise to enable him to prepare adequately.
Officials of the electoral had at one occasion waited for the Senator at his office at the resumption of legislative matters, but he horridly left the National Assembly complex after taking part in plenary.
INEC said the Bailiff of the High Court accompanied by INEC officials had visited the office of the Senator at the National Assembly and his residence on six occasion.
After efforts failed, “the Commission approached the court for substituted service but was directed to make another attempt to serve the senator.
“When this failed again, the commission returned to the court to pursue the request for substituted service but the court declined jurisdiction as the appeal by the senator had been entered at the Court of Appeal".
The process has been slowed since service of the documents on Melaye is a condition precedent to continuing the exercise.
While the electoral body is still trying to serve Melaye the petition, the Senator suddenly came up with claims that the 90-day limit set for processing of such petition had passed.