‘52% of Kogi West voters’ endorse Melaye’s recall — but this is just the beginning

 

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Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West at the senate national assembly, is facing a tough time to retain his place in the green chamber, as “more than half” of his constituents have supported his planned recall.

However, this is just one in a long line of constitutional processes required to effect the recall.

Already, about 188,588 voters, representing 52.3 per cent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district, have reportedly approved his recall from the senate.

The document, ICIR gathered, may be submitted soon to the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) to institute the proper process of his recall.

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According to Pius Kolawole, special adviser to the state governor on political affairs, the collation of signatures of voters to that effect was carried out successfully on June 17.

He commended voters in the district for turning out en masse for the exercise, saying Section 69 of the 1999 constitution backed their action.

“In 2015, we voted for Dino and now we are using the same method to return him home,” he said.

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Announcing the result of the collation, Adamu Yusuf, collation officer said that 188,588 out of the 360,098 in the senatorial district endorsed Melaye’s recall.

While giving the breakdown of the result per the seven local governments in the district, he said that 18,374 of the total number of 35,331 registered voters in Yagba East approved the recall.

Others are 9,186 out of 18,356 voters in Mopa-Muro local government, 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Yagba West, 63,736 out of 116,296 in Lokoja Local Government and 24,283 out of 46,819 in Ijumu Local Government.

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In Kabba/Bunu Local Government, 28,277 out of 60,520 voters endorsed the recall, while 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Kogi Local Government voted for move to recall Melaye.

According to Yusuf, with this, the next move is to submit the document to INEC for the next action.