The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday in Abuja, released the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of Senator Daniel Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State in the Senate on Monday 3rd july2017.
The decision of the electoral umpire is coming amidst efforts by Mr.Daniel Dino Melaye’s lawyer to stop the commission from kick starting the process.
INEC had last week acknowledged receiving a petition from Mr. Melaye’s constituents asking to recall him. About 52 per cent of registered voters in the lawmaker’s constituency are believed to have signed the petition.
The commission had also written to the senator intimating him formally of its receipt of the petition and that it would kickstart the process on July 3.
The INEC Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, issued the timetable on behalf of the electoral body according to the statement, will on August 19, conduct a verification of signatures of petitioners demanding the recall, which were submitted to the commission in all the polling units in the constituency.
Mr. Melaye, had through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017 challenging the bid to recall him.
Mr. Ozekhome, thereafter, wrote to INEC informing it of the suit and asking it not to commence the recall process until the matter is heard.
INEC however said instituting a suit alone is not enough to stop it.
In the timetable it released, INEC said it would verify the signatures of those calling for the recall on August 19 and publish the results same day.
The commission would on the same day declared the outcome of the verification at the INEC Local Government Office in Lokoja.
INEC Secretary Ogakwu said that the commission would also on July 10, paste verification notice at its Local Government Office in Lokoja.
She equally set July 30, as the last day for the submission of application by interested observers, who would want to particulate in the exercise at the INEC headquarters office.
She also said that the commission had fixed August 10 for the last day for submission of names of verification agents for the member sought to be recalled and the petitioners.
The commission’s secretary said that the commission had scheduled a stakeholders’ meeting for the exercise, which she said would hold on August 15, at INEC Lokoja office.
She added that the commission would issue the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of referendum subject to the outcome of the verification exercise.
Sections 69 and 110 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); Section 116 of the Electoral, Act 2010 (as amended) and of all other powers enabled the commission to conduct a referendum for a recall process.