Stella Dimoko Appeal Court Dismisses Sen. Dino Melaye’s Appeal Against Recall


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Appeal Court Dismisses Sen. Dino Melaye’s Appeal Against Recall

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed an appeal by Senator Dino Melaye against a judgment of the Federal High Court, confirming the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence a recall process without first referring to him.

In a judgment on Friday, a three-man panel of the Appeal Court held that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to have heard Melaye’s suit querying the recall process by INEC.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (also of the FHC), who eventually determined the fundamental rights suit by Melaye, in which he claimed to have been denied fair hearing, held that INEC could conduct the recall process without hearing from Melaye. Melaye later appealed the decision and argued among others, that the 90 days allowed for INEC to conduct the recall process had lapsed.

Justice T. O. Awotoye, who read the lead judgment of the Court of Appeal, said the FHC ought not to have heard Melaye’s fundamental rights suit in the first place, because “there was no cause of action. The Appeal Court said the 90 days required for the recall process has not lapsed in the Melaye case.

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  1. Dino is in for a tougher battle ahead. Those who lived in glass houses don't throw stones as I was told growing up as a child. Butting the fingers that fed one could be detrimental in often cases. Dino has vocally expressed his disdained for the party he rode on to become a senator, and he shouldn't expect them to fold their arms in silence.


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