The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has continued to explain why it is suspending ongoing process to recall Senator Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West Central constituency from the upper legislative chamber stating that the commission took the decision in deference to the matter pending before the court of Appeal.
Counsel to the embattled senator had at the last hearing on the matter told a federal high court sitting in Abuja that he had filed an appeal challenging the decision of the court ordering INEC to proceed anew with the process.
The commission also declared that it has no interest whatsoever in the stalled recall process, but that it was carrying out this aspect of its mandate as enshrined in enabling laws of the land. In a statement released last night to the media and signed by Prince Solomon Soyebi, the commission said its latest action is in keeping with the rule of law, just as it lamented its frustration to serve Melaye copy of the petition as directed by court.
But INEC further lamented the underhand tactics embarked on by the embattled senator in dodging court processes from being served on him.
“All attempts to serve the Senator have been futile as he has made himself unavailable. The Bailiff of the High Court accompanied by INEC officials have visited the office of the Senator at the National Assembly and his residence on six occasions but found the office locked, while they were not able to gain access to him at his residence. 0n resumption of the Senate after its recess, the Senator refused to accept service of the documents. This was in the presence of several journalists and was widely reported,”
“In its amended Timetable and Schedule of Activities of the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, the notice for Verification was scheduled to be issued today.
In its judgment in the suit filed by Senator Melaye to stop the process, the Court dismissed the Senator‘s action but ordered the Commission to serve him personally with the petition and all accompanying documents at least two weeks to the commencement of the exercise to enable him prepare adequately for the verification