The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reportedly received signatures by voters in Kogi West Senatorial District demanding a recall of Dino Melaye, Senator representing them in the National Assembly.
About 188,588 voters, representing 52.3 per cent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district, have reportedly approved his recall from the senate.
Melaye’s constituents said they voted for him to represent them at the Senate and now they are using the same method to call him back home.
The senator and Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor have been embroiled in a political fight in which the governor is championing the process of his recall from the senate.
According to Pius Kolawole, Special Adviser to the State Governor on Political Affairs, 188,588 of the 360,098 registered voters (representing 52.3 per cent) in the senatorial district, have approved Melaye’s recall.
For Melaye to be successfully recalled his constituents must fulfil the constitutional requirement in section 69 of the 1999 Constitution which states that A member of the Senate or of the House Representatives may be recalled as such a member 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.