Monday, June 14, 2021

Melaye: My recall process is ‘Made-in-Taiwan’


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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The embattled Kogi West representative in the Nigerian senate, Dino Melaye has said his recall process has since expired, and described it as “Made-in-Taiwan.”

The lawmaker who chairs senate’s committee on FCT, said moves by his constituents to recall him expired on September 23, 2017, as the process commenced on June 23.

He hinged his position on Section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution, which provides a 90-day window within which a lawmaker could be recalled by his/her constituents.

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Mr Melaye, who lost his bit to halt his recall process a fortnight ago, said while adressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Melaye said the moves by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recall him, on account of petitions from some registered voters in his senatorial district has become null and void and of no effect.

He accused Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his predecessor, Smart Adeyemi of being behind his ordeal.

He added that the whole process would hit the brick wall in the face of the law, pointing out that he has appealed against a judgement he claimed, was fraudulently obtained by the electoral body and its sponsors.

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“I celebrate the obituary of the Made-in-Taiwan recall exercise, while sympathising with the induced petitioners who will obviously face charges of forgery and other criminal charges before a court of law very, very soon”, he said.

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