Senator Dino Melaye survives RECALL
The attempt to recall Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, has failed.
Out of the 189,870 signatories to the petition to recall him from the upper legislative chamber, only 18,742 were verified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday.
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The verified signatories represent 5.34 percent of the 351,146 registered voters in Kogi west, thereby not meeting the required criteria.
For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.
Announcing the result of the verification exercise on Sunday morning, Ukertor Moti, the declaration officer for the exercise, said a referendum — the next step in the recall process — will not be held.
He said: “I Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, affirm that the information on verification of signatures to the petition for the recall of senator Dino David Melaye of Kogi west senatorial district has taken place on this day, 28th day of April 2018, and that the verified signatures is 5.34 percent of the total number of registered voters in the constituency and has therefore not satisfied a requirement of the law for a referendum.”
The result, according to Moti, was signed by him and two agents: that of the petitions and one of Melaye’s agents.
Out of the seven local government areas in the district, not a single one recorded a big turnout of voters.
Hours after the excercise vegans at 8am, some of the polling units were yet to verify a single signature. In one instance, the INEC staff on ground were seen sleeping.
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