- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that its chairman would not be blackmailed by Senator Dino Melaye and the Nigerian Senate
- INEC chairman has also given directive for all court order on Melaye's recall to be challenged
- The commission also said its chairman is currently out of the country
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu has directed the commission to challenge any court order on the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye.
The INEC chairman also said he will not succumb to any form of blackmail raised against him or the commission by the Nigerian Senate and Dino Melaye.
The commission in a statement on Friday, July 14, said: "It may be of interest here to note that the INEC chair is out of the country.
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“He left last weekend and was not part of the meeting (some days ago) where the decision was taken to obey the court order.
“He had however earlier sought and agreed with legal advice and instructed that the Commission should challenge any court order and the competence of the action when word got out last week that Senator Dino Melaye had filed a suit trying to stop his recall.
“If indeed there was a threat of blackmail (overt or otherwise), Prof Yakubu from his words and action isn’t succumbing to it.
“In any case, he isn’t a sole administrator and all 12 members of the commission have a say in decision making and there’s a consensus in our approach to challenge the Senator’s suit. INEC should be allowed to do its work, regardless of the outcome,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that an Abuja High court halted the recall process of Senator Melaye.
The court in its ruling said status quo be maintained concerning the process until a final decision by the court.
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The decision of the court followed a suit by the senator to stop the recall [pprocess initiated by members of his constituent.
In the video below, hundreds of constituents queue to sign the referendum on Senator Dino Melaye's recall from the Nigerian Senate.