Recall: Court nullifies Dino Melaye’s application, orders INEC to petition him

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Application filed by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West to cancel his recall has been stricken out Federal High court in Abuja.

Melaye’s recall exercise which was scheduled to start in July was suspended by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba after the senator approached with the court to cancel the exercise.

Following Mr. Melaye’s application, the court ordered Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to halt the recall exercise, pending the determination of Mr. Melaye’s application.

In its ruling, Monday, the court presided by Mr. Dimgba said contrary to the arguments of Mr. Melaye that he was not granted fair hearing, the constitution  does not require a special provision that mandates INEC to grant the senator an opportunity of fair hearing.

The court then ruled that INEC provides Mr. Melaye with the recall petition, schedule of signatures attached to the petitions and a full list of persons in support of the recall process, within two weeks before an amended time table for the recall would be made.

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