Reasons have been offered why Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West must be recalled from the Senate.
Recall, Wednesday, about 52 percent of his constituents had signed a petition register – seeking to remove Melaye from the Senate- a requirement needed to recall erring elected member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.
The document and others were submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to begin the process of recalling the embattled Senator.
Speaking shortly after submitting the petition at INEC’s headquarters in Abuja, on Wednesday, a leader of the Constituency, Chief Cornelius Olowo disclosed that Melaye’s recall was based on “abysmal performance” since he was elected in 2015.
He said that the petition, which had signatures of more than 52 per cent of the electorate in the area, was submitted at the office of the INEC Chairman.
Olowo claimed that despite the lawmaker’s low performance, he had distanced himself from his constituents.
According to him, “In the last two years, some senators have been meeting with their people quarterly. They update them on what has been happening and seek their contributions on issues and their aspirations to be presented at the senate.
“For the past two years, Sen. Malaye has not organised one town hall meeting anywhere in Kogi West to meet with the people to present his scorecard or stewardship.
“He has been completely disconnected from the people. Since he won his election and the legal battle at the court, he is no longer reachable.
“He has no constituency office in Kogi West as we speak, as a way to reach him on matter of interests from the people that elected him.’’
Olowo stated that the petition had signatures of registered voters in the senatorial district, who endorsed the recall.
“We have over 360,000 registered voters in Kogi West and after about one week of collection of signatures, we were able to gather over 188,500 signatures, endorsing the recall of the senator.
“We have submitted the petition at the office of INEC Chairman. It is now left for INEC to go and do confirmation of the signatures before going on the process needed for the recall,” he added.
Meanwhile, Melaye has described his recall process as a hoax, saying that even dead people are on the recall list.
Melaye fingered the hand of the Kogi State Government in his planned recall, adding that members of the Kogi State Government would go to jail over forgery.
According to Melaye, his planned recall would not lead to payment of workers’ 15 months salary arrears in the state.
He said the plan would not succeed as it was a mere hoax and absolute comedy of error.
The lawmaker said he was laughing at the stupidity of Kogi State Government, as many appointees would certainly 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,” said Melaye on his Facebook page.