- The process to recall Senator Dino Melaye is still ongoing
- The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district is at loggerheads with political leaders in Kogi state
- The senator is however confident that the process will fail
Senator Dino Melaye has expressed confidence that the process to recall him from the Nigerian Senate will fail.
Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial istrict in the upper chamber, is currently battling to save his seat as his constituents turn against him.
The senator however believes the required number of voters needed to recall him cannot be attained.
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Melaye expressed his confidence on his Facebook page by writing: “We have 346,788 registered voters in Kogi West (as at March 28 Presidential/NASS elections)
“Exact number of pregistered voters per local government in Kogi West;
* Lokoja - 112,218
* Kabba-Bunu - 58,422
* Kogi (Koton Karfe) - 45,634
* Ijumu - 45,567
* Yagba West - 34,014
* Yagba East - 33,630
* Mopamuro - 17,303
Total - 346,788
“So, to recall a Kogi West, the requirements is at least one vote above 50% of total registered voters.
“50% of total registered voters in Kogi West is 173,394. They need a minimum of 173,395 signatures before INEC can proceed to next step.”
Last weekend, Melaye alleged that 30 of his supporters who refused to be part of the move were arrested on the order of Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
“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.
Reacting swiftly, the chief press secretary to the governor, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, described Melaye’s allegation as unfounded.
NAIJ.com's visit to the Lokoja and Koton Karfe local government areas on Saturday, June 10 however, indicates that the people are keen on recalling the controversial seantor.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video report on the visit below: