No reprieve for Sen Melaye, as INEC pushes ahead with recall process

No reprieve for Sen Melaye, as INEC pushes ahead with recall process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has not been served with notice of any legal action instituted against it by Senator Dino Melaye over his recall, and has therefore insisted that it will go on as scheduled with the processes for the recall of the Kogi senator.

This was disclosed on Saturday by INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who said that the commission merely read in the media the story of Melaye running to the court to stop it from going ahead with his recall process.

Melaye had in a series of tweets on Friday claimed that he had dragged INEC to court over the issue of his recall process by his constituency, Kogi West Senatorial District.

But Osaze-Uzzi on Saturday said, “We are not aware that any case has been filed against the commission in its determination to do its work. Yet, we heard some things in the media on that, but we have to be served.

“If we are not served, we won’t stop the process we have lined up for the exercise. As far as we are concerned therefore, the matter will go ahead as lined up.”

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On the issue of forgery of signatures, Osaze-Uzzi explained that signatories would come forward and identify their signatures and if there are records of forgeries security agencies could be alerted by those who made the claims.

“It is not our duty to go and report to the security agencies or the police that someone claims that his signature was forged. Those who know that their signatures were allegedly forged are free to report. Then the law will take care of that,” he said.

INEC has fixed July 3, as the date it will release the timetable for the verification of the signatures.

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