The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has formally notified Senator Dino Melaye that it has received a petition from the people of his constituency to recall him from the Senate.
The decision by the Commission to notify Melaye was taken at its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, where the petition submitted by voters in the Kogi-West senatorial district was considered.
It said the meeting was held following its receipt of petition submitted by voters in Melaye’s zone which was deliberated on.
INEC further said that it would issue a notice to the petitioners and Melaye on July 3, on when it would begin the verification of the signatures of those who signed the notice.
“The Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition,” Mallam Haruna, an INEC National Commissioner said in the statement.
The statement read further read:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters from Kogi West Senatorial District to kickstart the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye.
In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition.
The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
INEC will, on the 3rd of July, 2017 issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise.
Should Melaye’s recall succeed, he would be the first senator ever recalled in Nigeria’s history.