The people of Kogi West recently made good their threat to begin the recall of the senator representing them at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday received signatures of about 188,588 voters from electorate in the senatorial district, demanding the senator’s recall.
The signatories are about 52.3 per cent of the district’s registered voters.
The law requires 50 per cent of voters in an area to sign a lawmaker’s recall.
It was learnt that the signed documents, contained in six bags alongside other documents, were submitted to INEC’s headquarters in Abuja.
The local governments and the percentage of voters, who signed the recall petition, showed that Yagba West had the highest number of voters asking Melaye to return home.
The breakdowns, as shown in the petition,Are: Yagba West (55.7 percent); Lokoja (54.8 per cent); Kogi (52.77 per cent); Yagba East (52 per cent); Ijumu – Melaye’s local government –(51.8 per cent); Mopa/Moro (50.4 per cent) and Kabba/ Bunu (46.7 per cent).
A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress in Ijumu, Mr. Cornelius Olowo, who led the delegation, insisted that the constituents were not satisfied with the quality of Melaye’s representation.
He said: “We want Senator Melaye back because of poor representation. He is also not accessible to us; he is unreadable and has no constituency projects.
“Apart from the fact that he has never called any town hall meeting, there has been a major gab between the senator and the people he claims to represent.”
He insisted that the Governor Yahaya Bello was not the sponsor of the petition against the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory.
Olowo said: “We don’t need to lobby or allow anyone to lobby us. The governor and the senator are not from the same senatorial district.
“We believe that the Senate ought to be a place for people who can be trusted. We have stomach his excesses for more than two years now. We can’t continue anymore.
“We were the ones that mobilised the voters and we did this for some days. Melaye was a pillar among those who installed the governor and was also the one who nominated the present Secretary to the State Government.”
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Melaye took to Facebook to respond. He wrote: “It cannot succeed. It is a hoax and absolute comedy of errors. I’m laughing at the stupidity of Kogi State Government. Many appointees will go to jail for forgery.
“Even dead people’s names on the recall register. A governor who does not know what double registration is may not as well know the procedure for recall. Every lie has an expiry date.
“This comedy of errors will soon end. No shaking at all. This won’t solve the problem of not paying salaries for over 15 months. No retreat no surrender. Truth is my only defence.”
Credit: The Nation