Senator Dino Melaye has accused Nigeria’s election body, top federal government officials, top security agents and the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello of conniving to “stampede” him out of the senate.
The senator representing Kogi west was reacting in a statement to the Monday ruling of the federal high court, Abuja, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to proceed with his recall process.
In the statement addressed to his “dear constituents”, Melaye alleged that “The presence of the Kogi state attorney-general and Commissioner for Justice in court today over a matter that Kogi State is not joined as a party shows the clear collaborative efforts of INEC and Kogi state government.
“However, these combined efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello, INEC, top federal government officials and top security agents to harangue and stampede me out of the Senate against the will of Kogi West constituents will fail woefully.”
In June, the Kogi state government claimed it had obtained the signatures of 188,588 of Melaye’s constituents for his recall from the senate. It subsequently submitted a catalog of the signatures appended to a petition to INEC.