Court Halts Senator Melaye’s Recall Process

Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court, Abuja Thursday, halted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from continuing with its planned process of the recall of Senator Dino Melaye.
Justice Tsoho granted the order while delivering a short ruling on an exparte motion brought by Senator Melaye.
Following a petition from members of Senator Melaye’s constituency to INEC, the electoral body had fixed July 10,2017, for the commencement of the recall process of the embattled Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate.
However, citing irregularities and fraud, Melaye approached the Federal High Court for an order restraining the electoral body from going ahead with the planned process to recall him.
In the application which was argued by his lawyer, Mike ozekhome (SAN), the Senator had asked the court to stop INEC from going ahead with the process pending the hearing of his originating summons.
Ozekhome had submitted that the signatories to the petition were fake and concocted and therefore urged the court to stop the process.
In a short ruling, Justice Tsoho after listening to submission of counsel in the matter, ordered the electoral body to keep the exercise on hold and that parties involved should maintain status quo pending the determination of the matter.
He also adjourned the matter to September 29, 2017 for further hearing.
Attempts by a lawyer seeking to be heard as an interested party was however resisted by Melaye’s lawyers and the court.
It would be recalled that Members of Senator Melaye’s senatorial district had commenced his recall two weeks ago after they gathered the signature of over 188,000 registered voters, about 52 percent voters in the senatorial district, which they then submitted to INEC.

Author: News Editor

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