The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will halt the process of recalling the Senator Dino Melaye, in compliance with a court direc
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will halt the process of recalling the Senator Dino Melaye, in compliance with a court directive. The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Committee on Information and Voter Education, Adedeji Soyebi, said that while the commission would obey the court order, it would make efforts to ensure an immediate vacation of the order.
Soyebi said that there was a constitutional provision that set a 90-day period for the order from the date of its presentation for the exercise to be concluded. He stated further that the commission had also called the attention of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the order because of its effect on the performance of the commission’s duty conduct the ongoing recall exercise on Melaye who represents Kogi West Senatorial district.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the order given by the Federal High Court, Abuja dated 6th July 2017 directing the parties to maintain the status quo till the determination of the plaintiff’s motion on notice, in respect of the suit filed by Senator Dino Melaye, seeking orders of injunction against the Commission, to stop it from acting on the petition by the 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 and for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously.
“The Commission further decided to draw the attention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the order in view of its effect on the performance of the Commission’s constitutional duty to conduct the referendum for the recall in Kogi West Senatorial district.”
Soyebi further said that the decision was in line with the commission’s commitment to ensure transparency and an improved electoral process.