- The Kogi state chapter of the APC accuses INEC of commencing Melaye’s recall process based on a fictitious petition which contained names of dead persons
- The party asks the court to restrain INEC or its agents from continuing the process of recall of the party’s sponsored member representing Kogi west
- The APC argues that Melaye’s recall was initiated and occasioned by witch hunt
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye.
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The APC in a suit filed by 12 principal officers of the party accused the electoral commission of commencing Melaye’s recall process based on a fictitious petition, which contained names of dead persons, The Nation reports.
The APC in the legal action instituted by the state party chairman and other principal officers of the party in Kogi is asking the court to restrain INEC or its agents form continuing the process of recall of the party’s sponsored member representing Kogi west.
Among others, the party is praying that the court declares the petition submitted to INEC chairman for the recall of Melaye null and void.
The party is also seeking a declaration that the recall process initiated via a purported petition against Dino Melaye contravenes the rules of natural justice and the constitutionally guaranteed right to fair hearing under Section 36 of the constitution.
The plaintiffs urged the court to declare the petition submitted to INEC invalid having been purportedly written by persons who are either dead, fictitious, non-existent or those from outside Kogi west senatorial district.
The party contended that Melaye’s recall was initiated and occasioned by witch hunt, adding that those who purportedly signed the petition were either dead, non-existent or not registered members of Kogi west.
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Legit.ng recalls that INEC had said it would halt the process of recalling Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west in the Senate.
Cable reports that a national commissioner of the commission Adedeji Soyebi, who disclosed this on Thursday July 13, said the decision was in line with a court ruling.
Legit.ng gathered that last week, the federal high court, Abuja asked INEC and Melaye to maintain “status quo” pending the determination of a suit filed by Melaye to challenge the process.
Soyebi said INEC would appeal the ruling.
Watch in the video below as people queue to sign the petition on Dino Melaye’s recall.