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Voters to halt Melaye’s recall in Abuja court


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 group, Concerned Kogi Registered Voters, CKRV, on Thursday filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to abort the commencement of verification of recall signatures of Senator Dino Melaye, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Convener of the group, Olowosayo Gabriel Sunday told journalists in Abuja shortly after filing the case said names of dead persons and people who did not reside in the district appeared on the recall register submitted to INEC.

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The applicants, who frowned at the 188,000 signatures, which were submitted to INEC, noted that while 111,534 voted in the general election in Kogi West, the total number of registered voters in Kogi West was 360,098.

A copy of the suit shows INEC, as the first respondent, sued alongside eight other respondents, comprising some aides of Governor Yahaya Bello and state lawmakers from the senator’s district.

The senator, representing Kogi West senatorial district in the Nigerian senate has equally made similar claims of names of deceased in the signatures submitted to the electoral body, but the commission said a verification of the signatures would start in July.

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