- The process to recall Senator Dino Melaye has started
- The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district is at loggerheads with political leaders in Kogi state
- The process which started on Saturday, June 10, is already gathering momentum
Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) has said that the ongoing move by the electorate in his constituency to recall him from the Senate will fail.
Melaye, who is representing the Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, made the statement in Kabba, Kogi, on Sunday, June 11 when he addressed his supporters, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said his achievements in the Senate were enormous and as such the people of the constituency were solidly behind him.
Melaye, who later led his supporters on a peaceful march round Kabba town, alleged that the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was behind the move to recall him,
The electorate in the seven local government areas that make up Kogi West Senatorial District on Saturday, June 10 besieged polling units in the area to endorse the request for the recall of the senator.
They affixed the photocopy of their permanent voter cards to the recall form.
Melaye alleged that 30 supporters of his who refused to be part of the move were arrested on the order of the governor.
“Quote me, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has released N200 million for each of the seven local government areas in my senatorial district to facilitate my recall from the Senate,” Melaye alleged.
In his reaction, the chief press secretary to the governor, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, described Melaye’s allegation as unfounded.
The governor and the senator have been at loggerheads in recent times. (NAN)
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Meanwhile, Melaye has been lambasted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in its latest issue of ‘EFCC Alert’, a magazine published by the commission every quarter.
In a write-up titled, ‘Dino-Melaye, what manner of anti-graft crusader’, Melaye’s rise to the Senate was queried in pages 8, 9 and 10 of the publication.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a summary of some of the incidents that recently happened in Nigeria including Melaye's case: