- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has said that the failed attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye cannot affect his political future
- Bello said this on Sunday, April 29, through his spokesperson, Petra Onyegbule
- The failed attempt to recall the senator in the state has been seen as the end of 'dictatorship' in the state
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Sunday, April 29, said that his political future would not be tainted by the recent failed attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye, his supposed arch-rival.
Petra Onyegbule, a spokesperson for Bello said: “The governor is not in any way connected to the exercise. That it is going to affect the governor’s political future is a very myopic thinking”, Premium Times reports.
A campaign to recall the senator failed on Saturday, April 28 after the electorate in the district refused to show up for the recall exercise conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Only five per cent of voters turned out to verify their signatures when at least 51 per cent is required for the exercise to scale through to the next stage.
Melaye's victory was instantly seen as a precursor to the 2019 general elections by his supporters and even members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prominent among whom was Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state who on his Twitter page referred to the development as a pointer to what should be expected come 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that voters in Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency in Kogi had shunned the ongoing verification exercise organised by INEC to authenticate the signatures of voters seeking to recall Senator Dino Melaye (APC/Kogi west).
At some areas in the state, youth protested against the move to recall the senator who they described as “an excellent representative”.
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