- The process to recall Senator Dino Melaye is still generating buzz
- The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district is at loggerheads with political leaders in Kogi state
- He also seem to have lost the support of some prominent people in the Okun nation
Okun indigenous groups and township associations in Lagos on Wednesday, June 28 said they are in support of the electoral processes to recall Senator Dino Melaye.
Melaye represents Kogi West Senatorial District, an ancestral domain of the Okun people.
The group in a statement signed by Rotimi Ajibulu and Adebukola Ebenezer said Okun residents in Lagos are very happy with the process, insisting that Senator Melaye had been a bad ambassador of the Okun people.
Ajibulu is a former executive member of the Federation of Okun Students, while Adebukola is the President of Okun Progressive Association in Lagos state.
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The duo said they had rallied Okun residents in Lagos to campaign and work for Dino emergence as a senator in 2015 but were left disappointed in the manner Dino had portrayed the Okun nation and its humble people.
“Prequel to the election, Senator Dino met with various groups and associations from Okun nation and other towns within the Kogi West Senatorial District in Lagos seeking for our support. We in turn formed a think-tank team that spoke to our people at home to support Dino.
"However, today we acknowledge that it was our greatest mistake. In fact, supporting Dino was a tragedy. He has proven us wrong, he has brought lot of disgrace and shame to the Okun people. We totally support his recall from the Senate and urge all our people back home to follow suit,” the groups said.
The group also warned the embattled senator to stop dragging names of respected Okun indigenes and elders into his woes and wait for the verification of signatures by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The group while commending the turn out of Okun people to sign the recall petition, urged them not to succumb to harassment and intimidation to back out from the lofty and legendary process.
“We understand the pressure on Okun people to back out of this recall process. We must not bow to misrepresentation, dishonesty and thuggery.
"The Okun nation has a long list of notable and responsible people it can put forward to represent them. Senator Dino is just a mistake of selection,” they concluded.
NAIJ.com's visit to the Lokoja and Koton Karfe local government areas on Saturday, June 10 indicates that the people are keen on recalling the controversial senator.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video report on the visit below: