The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District on Monday, July 10, served a restraining order on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Melaye in a tweet said the electoral body has been served an order restraining it from further action as ordered by the court. Meanwhile, INEC has said it will continue with the process of recalling the Senator as engineered by members of his constituency.
The Inside Arewa in a report said they are yet to receive a restraining order of any court to stall Melaye’s recall. An INEC official who spoke on anonymity said the commission will proceed in its first leg of the process. The official said INEC will only stop once the court orders the seizure of the process. The official said: “There is no restraining order from any court. We will go ahead with the first leg. But if along the line, INEC is stopped from going ahead with the exercise, we will stop it. “Pasting the verification notice is just the first leg of the process, which cannot hurt Melaye in any way.
“Even the process does not amount to removing the senator. By virtue of Section 110, a lawmaker is only opportune to gauge the mood of his or her constituents on his or her performance. “If a lawmaker is doing well, he or she should feel free to face the electorate. The process is not a setback at all for any lawmaker.” The official also said a team will be coordinated by the electoral body to oversee the process of Melaye’s recall.
“INEC will, however, seek legal opinion immediately it is served the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the official added. NAIJ.com had reported that an Abuja High Court had stopped the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye. The court ruled that all process concerning the recall of Melaye remain at status quo. However the electoral body had insisted that only a legitimate court order can stop the senator’s recall which was initiated by members of his constituents.