Stella Dimoko Federal High Court Refuses To Stop INEC On Melaye’s Recall


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Friday, July 07, 2017

Federal High Court Refuses To Stop INEC On Melaye’s Recall

Embattled Senator Dino Melaye failed on Thursday in his bid to stop the ongoing recall process by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Justice John Tsoho in an ex-parte ruling rejected Melaye’s motion for a temporary injunction restraining INEC from proceeding with the recall process until the determination of suit challenging his recall.

Instead, the judge ordered parties in the case to “maintain status quo pending the hearing of the motion on notice.”

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) argued Melaye’s ex-parte motion.

The judge adjourned till September 29 hearing of Melaye’s motion on notice and applications filed by three individuals, led by Chief Cornelius Olowo, who applied to be made parties in the suit.

In the main suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017, with INEC as the only defendant, Melaye faulted the recall process, saying it was tainted with political malice and initiated by his political enemies.

The Senator denied any wrongdoing and claimed he was being targeted for standing up for the oppressed in Kogi State and the many workers who have not been paid salaries by the state government.

Melaye is praying the court to declare the petition submitted to INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, as “illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

He also wants the court to void the recall process because it was commenced in breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing.

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  1. I don't know everybody but I like this guy in the Senate, someone need to be challenging bello

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    2. Same here! Still want him to be there no matter what. Abeg make dem free him o!

    3. I don't want him to be there.

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  2. Finally,The NASS is being exposed as the major clog in the wheel of progress of this Great country.

  3. This is more than Dino. This involves our rights as citizens to elect our representatives and recall them when we agree to.
    It's not Dino's place to determine if he did anything wrong or not. That is for his PEOPLE to decide.
    If he feels that the signatures were forged, there is a body that will determine that - INEC!

    I pray the judiciary will not fall our hands this time.

    Have a lovely day everyone

  4. Thought he was showing boldness at start????

  5. The letters of law if applied as clearly written isn't a respecter of any person.

    Irrespective of motive, the people have made known their intention to recall senator Dino.
    Have they acted in error by signing and submitting petition to INEC? Capital No.
    Have Dino's right been infringed upon? Capital No
    Have INEC done any wrong in complying with the dictates of law in kick starting the recall process? Capital No

    Sent Dino should stay calm and wait till the process is done. If it ends up in his removal from office, he should then channel his "evidence of forgery" and other claims to court and seek to reclaim the mandate.

    Trying to use the court to truncate the process seems to me like desperation.

    My opinion

  6. Dino from one case to another, let them recall him to humble him.

    What that lady that had a child for him then


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