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Dino Melaye’s recall process starts with massive turnout


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A massive turnout of Kogi West constituents was recorded early Sunday morning in their bid to recall their representative in the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.

The voters are accusing their senator of several misconducts and disregards to constituted authority.

Mr Melaye’s stint has been enmeshed in several controversies among which was his recent spat with his state governor, an alleged phone call with a judge that handled his election trial as well as his escape of an assassination attempt at his Kogi house.

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However, reports from the senatorial district Sunday morning indicate the large turnout of voters seeking to vote in supports of the Senator’s recall from the National Assembly.

Already, materials for the exercise were distributed yesterday to the various polling units across Kogi West.

Indications emerged yesterday, that the exercise would record a success due to the overwhelming interests shown for the recall by the various stakeholders.

One of the voters said “Senator Dino completely lacks the qualities of a good representative. We are tired and sick of his misconducts, he has betrayed us.

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“Today’s exercise is an opportunity for us to redeem our image before the outside world, if not, nobody will take us serious in Kogi west.”

An elderly man from Ijumu LG area, said Senator Dino’s last conducts in the House of Representatives was the reason they refused to return him in 2011, saying they were not surprise at his recent misconducts now in the senate.

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However, the embattled Senator is not relenting towards stopping the exercise. Reports say he had made several phone calls to some party chairmen pleading with them to stop the exercise on the eve of the exercise.

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