Thursday, 20 July 2017

Melaye's Recall: INEC asks Court to Vacate Order

Senator Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has approached the Federal High Court Abuja, asking it to vacate the earlier order halting the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West. Melaye had, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), successful obtain an order asking parties to "maintain the status quo" in the case. Justice John Tsoho subsequently adjourned the case to September 29, by which time the constitutional time-frame of commencement and conclusion of recall would have elapsed.

In its application Thursday, the INEC asked the court to give the matter an accelerated hearing pointing out
that “The defendant/applicant has 90 days from June 21 to conduct referendum in line with the approved time table and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi.“The period of 90 days will elapse on Sept. 18.”

Counsel to Melaye, Mr Nkem Okoro, however opposed the motion on the grounds that he was served on July 18, less than two days before the hearing.

Vanguard reports that the vacation judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, adjourned the matter until July 27 for hearing.

It could be recalled that INEC had on July 3 commenced a recall process against Senator Melaye whose constituents had earlier in June collated and submitted signatures for his recall.


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