Melaye’s Recall Gathers Momentum as INEC Kick Starts Process July 10

Like a bad odour refusing to go away after spray of perfumes, Senator Dino Melaye’s Recall from the Senate has gathered momentum.
Despite Melaye going to court to stop the process, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday, released the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the embattled Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
The commission released the timetable in a statement issued by Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, Secretary of the Commission, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The statement said that on July 10, INEC would issue verification notice to be pasted at Melaye’s constituency and at INEC Local Government Office in Lokoja.
It said that July 30 is the last day for submission of application by interested observers at INEC headquarters office.
According to the statement, INEC has fixed Aug. 10 as the last day for submission of names of verification agents for the member to be recalled and the petitioners.
It said that commission would schedule stakeholders meeting for the recall to be held on Aug. 15 at INEC Lokoja office.
The statement said that on Aug. 19, INEC would conduct verification of the signatures of the petitioners demanding the recall, submitted to the commission from all the polling units in the constituency.
It added that on the same day, INEC would declare the outcome of the verification at its Local Government Office in Lokoja.
The statement said that INEC would issue the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of referendum subject to the outcome of the verification exercise.
Speaking shortly after submitting the petition for Melaye’s recall on June 24, Chief Cornelius Olowo, said the move was based on the senator’s “abysmal performance’’.
Olowo led the constituents of Kogi West to INEC headquarters in Abuja to submit the petition.

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