Court orders continuation of Melaye recall procees

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A federal high court in Abuja has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue with its process of recalling Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi west, from the upper legislative chamber.

Against this backdrop, the court had ordered INEC to halt the recall exercise, pending the determination of Melaye's application.

Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, had asked the court to restrain INEC, from going through with the recall process.

It would be recalled that Justice Tsoho had on July 6, 2017, directed that all parties should maintain the status quo.

The judge also dismissed claims that the number of signatures were not up to the required amount for recall, as he stated that the requirement had been met.

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He also asked INEC to serve the lawmaker a copy of the petition and a list of petitioners, and that it should amend its timetable and give him a two-week notice.

He said Melaye has the opportunity to campaign to the electorate before the referendum to sell his achievements to them according to the 90 days time table and schedule of activities set by INEC as set out in Section 69 of the Constitution.

"He must first go into the verification exercise and only when he does not get justice that he can come to court", Justice Dimgba ruled.

The judge described Melaye's complain that officials of the electoral umpire ought to swear to an oath of neutrality as "premature" since it is not certain that a recall election will hold.

INEC needs only at least 50 per cent of the registered voters to begin a recall process.

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