- An Abuja High Court has refused to stop INEC on Melaye’s recall
- In his earlier tweet, Melaye described Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello, as a loser over his recall
- The court rejected Melaye’s motion for a temporary injunction restraining INEC from proceeding with the recall process until the determination of suit challenging his recall
Embattled Senator Dino Melaye failed on Thursday July 6 in his bid to stop the ongoing recall process by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Nation reports that Justice John Tsoho in an ex-parte ruling rejected Melaye’s motion for a temporary injunction restraining INEC from proceeding with the recall process until the determination of suit challenging his recall.
NAIJ.com gathered that instead, the judge ordered parties in the case to “maintain status quo pending the hearing of the motion on notice.”
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) argued Melaye’s ex-parte motion.
The judge adjourned till September 29 hearing of Melaye’s motion on notice and applications filed by three individuals, led by Chief Cornelius Olowo, who applied to be made parties in the suit.
In the main suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017, with INEC as the only defendant, Melaye faulted the recall process, saying it was tainted with political malice and initiated by his political enemies.
The Senator denied any wrongdoing and claimed he was being targeted for standing up for the oppressed in Kagi state and the many workers who have not been paid salaries by the state government.
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Melaye is praying the court to declare the petition submitted to INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, as “illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”
He also wants the court to void the recall process because it was commenced in breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that Melaye claimed that an Abuja high court stopped the recall process against him by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
His earlier tweet:
In the video below, hundreds of constituents queue to sign the referendum on Senator Dino Melaye's recall from the Nigerian Senate.