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INEC suspends Dino Melaye’s Recall



BellaNaija - "This comedy of errors will soon end" - Dino Melaye faults Voting System for His Recall from SenateThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will comply with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja that temporarily suspended the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West).

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Prince Adedeji Soyebi, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Thursday in Abuja.

Soyebi said the commission reached the decision after considering the court order dated July 6, 2017, at its regular weekly meeting held on Thursday.

The court order had directed all parties listed in the suit filed by Melaye to maintain the status quo till the determination of the motion on notice.

Melaye was seeking order of injunction against the commission to stop it from acting on the petition by registered voters of Kogi west senatorial district.

“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order.

However, the commission has also decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously.

Whereas the court had adjourned hearing of the Motion on Notice till Sept. 29, the commission by law has 90 days to complete the process.

Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) sets a limit of 90 days from the date of the presentation of the petition (21st June, 2017) for the exercise to be completed,’’ he said.

The national commissioner however, said the commission did draw the attention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the order.

Soyebi said this is in view of the negative effect the order had on the performance of the commission’s constitutional duty.



  1. Mbe

    July 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm


    But seriously, the Judicial system is one of the biggest problems in Nigeria. Can we ever do something without one court order or injuction? Thats why these guys get away with anything.

    • Seriously

      July 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      The judicial system is just as corrupt as the individual. There’s no protocol, checks and balance, standard law they follow. They follow where the money is. They receive bribes, money “gifts” because they themselves are criminals. It’s obvious it will turn out this way, no one will be held accountable.
      In as much as we want change the older political generation have messed up the foundation, blocked the way for a better leadership. So, they all need to be wiped off first or have a renewed mind. But change can’t come with the same pattern. Old habit can’t produce a new lifestyle.
      They don’t want change because they benefit big time from lawlessness and corruption.

    • nunulicious

      July 14, 2017 at 12:09 am

      let us start noting their names. in this case, it is Justice JT Tsoho. if we address them “judicial system” He will think he can get away with it. When he knows you and I have noted his name, Justice JT Tsoho will become more circumspect.

  2. Moniker

    July 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    From the word go, it was always gonna end this way. However slow the wheel of true governance and justice is going to turn, we’d get it right.
    The only positive that came out of this is that we know we can recall anyone that isn’t performing.
    The Judiciary and Legislature are the real trouble we have in this country. Yet we’ll be particular about the presidency alone.

    • Mmesoma

      July 13, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      this thing is bigger than Dino himself…the senators know that if this recall sails through means most of them who where imposed on Nigerians and are underperforming will have to sit up and they are not about to stress themselves for mere masses…

    • nunulicious

      July 14, 2017 at 12:05 am

      @Moniker, you speak as though its over. It’s not. it’s just a clog in the wheel.

      I have noted the judge’s name. Justice JT Tsoho. A judge who first interupts the people’s choice, then gives a farway date (sept 29 2017) for time sensitive issue. Is justice JT Tsoho is not aware of the Criminal Justice Bill which was signed into law in 2015 which makes it a criminal offence for members of the judiciary to delay court cases? Is justice JT Tsoho MAD? was he not briefed on the timing of INEC related issues? the wheels of justice grind slowly, may it grind those who try to mute people’s voices to powder.
      nonsense. Justice JT Tsoho is lucky I am not a hacker…

  3. Moniker

    July 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Executive alone

  4. Victor Adegoke

    July 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    This Man called Dino Melaye, #Catwith9lives#.

  5. Jerry Ken

    July 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I have said before that nothing may happen to Dino. No be Naija we dey? The giant of corruption. May God deliver our country

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