Court orders INEC to 'maintain statusquo' on Melaye's recall

Prince Solomon Soyebi INEC's National Commissioner on Voter Education and Publicity

Court orders INEC to 'maintain statusquo' on Melaye's recall

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye has received a temporary respite as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has made a temporary restraining order on the recall process initiated by some of his constituents.

"The court gave an order exparte saying that parties should maintain statusquo until it hears our motion for interlocutory injunction; because we had filed a motion for interlocutory injunction".

This week, the electoral body released timetable for the recall of the lawmaker.

Melaye had in his twitter handle insinuated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been stopped by the court from continuing the recall process.

It called on members of the ruling APC at the national level to as a matter of urgency intervene in the imbroglio between Bello and Senator Dino Melaye and create a veritable platform for an amicable resolution of the fracas in the interest of peaceful co-existence of all Kogi people.

INEC's timetable on Dino Melaye's recall
Court orders INEC to 'maintain statusquo' on Melaye's recall

Mr. Melaye's lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, confirmed on Thursday evening.

"Only a legitimate court order or an injunction can be considered by the commission, " Mr. Oyekanmi had said.

Mr. Melaye approached the court shortly after the said processes were disclosed by INEC on Monday.

It had also noted that the various stages passed so far in the move, as facilitated by the electoral umpire, were not in line with laid down constitutional procedures and guidelines.

Constituents of Melaye's senatorial district had commenced his recall some weeks back after they gathered the signatures of over 188,000 registered voters, which they submitted to INEC.

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