Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court has dismissed the suit by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, challenging his recall process, instituted by his constituents.
Melaye had approached the court seeking an order, nullifying the recall process which the judge ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, “shall proceed with the recall process.”
The court has ordered INEC to halt the recall exercise, pending the determination of Melaye’s application.
Justice Dimgba said that contrary to Melaye’s argument that he was not granted a fair hearing, the constitution does not require a special provision that mandates INEC to grant the senator an opportunity of fair hearing.
As a result, the judge ordered the Nation’s electoral body to serve Melaye with the recall petition, schedule of signatures attached to the petitions and a full list of persons in support of the recall process.
This order, he said must be carried out within two weeks before an amended time-table for the recall would be made.