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Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2018

Melaye floors petitioners, as recall hits brick wall

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From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja

Just like a badly arranged pack of cards, the efforts of the political opponents of Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing the western axis of Kogi State were completely shattered over the weekend.
This is because their efforts to finally nail his political coffin by recalling him from the red chamber of the National Assembly met a dead end following the massive failure during the verification exercise, to authenticate the signatures of the petitioners.
The petitioners could only manage to get 5.34% of signatures verified by the Independent National Electoral Commission, thereby sending wild jubilation across the senatorial district.
The verification exercise was marred with voter apathy as majority of the polling units across the seven local governments that constitute the senatorial district were nearly empty, thereby giving hope to the loyalists and supporters of the embattled lawmaker that the exercise was likely to fail.
It was therefore not surprising when the zonal headquarters of the senatorial district and INEC office of Lokokja local government announce the outcome of the exercise during the early hours of Sunday morning, the 29th of April, 2018.
With this development, the drama over the recall of Senator Melaye has finally ended as the electoral umpire cannot proceed with the last lap of the process, which is the referendum, following the inability of the petitioners to secure the mandatory 50% plus one vote as required by law.

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