Recall: Melaye knows fate on September 11

Kunle Falayi

Judgment in a suit filed by a senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, challenging his recall by his constituents has been set for September 11 by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had commenced the process to recall Melaye, but Melaye approached the court to challenge it.

According to him, the signatures of some of the voters in the petition for his recall are fictitious.

He argued through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro, that the majority of the signatories to the petition were dead people.

The senator added that death certificates were attached to the processes he filed as exhibits to ascertain the veracity of his claim that some of the signatories were late.

He also alleged that he was denied fair hearing by both his constituents and INEC.

But Anthony Adeniyi, counsel to INEC, said Melaye had failed to show the court the particular signatories on the petition to which the death certificates attached as exhibit belonged.

“If he attached death certificates, he should tell the court that this certificate for example, belongs to signature number 24 on the petition, but he failed to do that,” he said.

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