Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi west)
The Kogi state chapter of the all progressives congress (APC) had yesterday sue the independent National Electoral commission (INEC) a notice of lawsuit against the agency on senator Daniel Dino Melaye’s recall process.
In an originating summon brought pursuant to sections 65(2)(b), 68 and 69 of the constitution, and order 3, Rule 9, federal High Court Civil procedures Rules, 2009, the kogi state chapter of the ruling party and 12 principal officers accused INEC of commencing a MELAYE RECALL process based on fictitious petition, which contained names of dead persons.
Joined as plaintiffs with the APC are: Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, Hon. Shaibu Osune. S.T. Adejo, Yahaya Ismaila, Isah Dniel, Chief Gbenga Ashagun, Ahovi Ibrahim, Ghali Usman, Isa Abubakar, I. Moledile, Abubakar Adamu and Daniel Sekpe.
The chairman of the plaintiff and other principal officers of the APC in the state filed the suit for themselves and unbehalf of the party’s working committee.
Raising seven issues for determination they prayed for the court to within 30 days, make an order of injuction restraining INEC, either by itself or through its servants, employees,agents and privies from commencing or continuing to completing the process of recall of the party’s sponsored member representing kogi west.
They want the court to rule that the petition submitted to INEC chairman for the recall of senator Dino Melaye was illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, null,void and of no effect whatsoever. They also urged the court to restrain INEC from conducting any referendum based on the petition presented and signed by ‘dead, fictitious and purported constituents of kogi west’
In an affidavit to support the motion, Ametuo said ‘ melaye was a good representative of kogi west senatorial District and APC, adding that he had discharged his legislative and over sight duties diligently’.
According to him, melaye’s recall was initiated and occasioned by malic,bad faith and witch hunt, adding that those who purportedly signed the petition either dead, non- existent or perons not registered members of kogi west.
He also added that, one Abubakar, who died January 14th 2003 and Lami Musa who also passed on October 31st, 2014, were purported signatories to the alleged petition for Melaye’s recall.