Court dismisses Dino Melaye’s suit, okays recall process

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by Senator Dino Melaye challenging the process initiated by the people of his constituency to recall him from the Senate.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba dismissed the suit on Monday thus paving the way for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue with the process of recalling the Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly.

The judge ruled that INEC “shall proceed with the recall process.”

The Kogi West Senator had approached the court seeking an order nullifying the recall process.

Against that backdrop, the court had ordered INEC to halt the recall exercise, pending the determination of Melaye’s application.

However, Justice Dimgba said contrary to Melaye’s argument that he was not granted a fair hearing, the constitution does not require a special provision that mandates INEC to grant the Senator an opportunity of fair hearing.

Consequently, the judge ordered the electoral umpire to serve Melaye with the recall petition, schedule of signatures attached to the petitions and a full list of persons in support of the recall process.

The judge said his order must be carried out within two weeks before an amended time-table for the recall would be made.

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