Embattled Melaye speaks: My recall from senate will fail

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Senator Dino Melaye

Embattled Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the Nigerian senate has said that the ongoing move by the electorate in his constituency to recall him from the Senate will not succeed.

Mr Melaye made the statement in Kabba, Kogi, on Sunday when he addressed his supporters.

He said his achievements in the Senate were enormous and as such, the people of the constituency were solidly behind him.

The senator, who later led his supporters on a peaceful march round Kabba town, alleged that the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was behind the move to recall him,

Voters in the seven local government areas that make up Kogi West Senatorial District on Saturday crowded polling units in the area to endorse the request for the recall of the senator.

They affixed the photocopy of their permanent voter cards to the recall form, based on the requirement of the law.

But the  senator alleged that 30 of his supporters who refused to be part of the move were arrested on the order of the governor.

“Quote me, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has released N200 million for each of the seven local government areas in my senatorial district to facilitate my recall from the Senate,” he alleged.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, described Melaye’s allegation as unfounded.

The governor and the senator have been at loggerheads in recent times; with the latter openly disprove the former’s leadership in the North Central state.

 

NAN

 

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