Court asks INEC to proceed with Melaye's recall

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Court asks INEC to proceed with Melaye's recall

The suit opened by Senator Dino Melaye challenging his recall process, has been dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Punch reports.

The recall of the senator which was earlier scheduled for July, 2017, was earlier put on hold by the court.

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

Justice Dimgba ruled that the recall process is a political question, which is beyond the court to deal with.

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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 ordered that the amended timetable should be served on Melaye.

Countering the petition filed by the APC senator, the presiding judge stated that his Kogi-West constituents were not mandated to afford him fair hearing before sending their petition to INEC.

The Senator had claimed that the 188, 588 signatures of his constituents submitted to INEC were forged.

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After all the fanfare about the call to recall Dino Melaye in June, many must have wondered if as expected the case had just quietly died.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on Monday held that all the complaints made by Melaye lack merit and deserve to be dismissed.

Melaye's recall process which he alleged was politically motivated followed his many unruly conduct and outburst, which many of his ruling APC members considered as offensive and embarrassing to the party and its Leadership.

The figure represented 52.3 per cent of the total registered voters in the district.

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