A highly placed source in the legal unit of INEC has said that the efforts by the embattled senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, who recently dragged the electoral umpire to court will not stop the recall process.
According to the source, “INEC would go ahead to conduct the referendum in so far as INEC is able to verify or ascertain the genuineness of the signatures. Every lawmaker that had faced the issue of recall in the past, from Plateau, Jigawa to Abia, ran to the courts but such actions never stopped the Commission from going ahead with the referendum.”
INEC’s Director in charge of Voter Education, Publicity, Civil Society and Gender Liaison, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, also said, “We have not been served. We shall enter an appearance and defend what we have to defend (when served with the notice). But for now, we cannot start reacting to comments or statements we read in the media.”
Melaye, on Friday, dragged INEC before an Abuja Federal High Court, praying the court to stop the recall process and declare same as illegal.