Senator Dino Melaye

A total of 188,580 electorates have signed the recall register in a bid to sack the controversial senator.

The Okun Development Initiative has backed representative of Kogi-West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye against an ongoing recall campaign against him.

A total of 188,580 electorates have signed the recall register in a bid to sack the outspoken senator from his position after being dogged by several controversies.

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The senator has received backing from the Okun group in a statement signed by the group's chairman, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, a former Minister of Health, claiming it is a forgery.

"The Okun Development Initiative, a prominent socio-cultural association from the western part of Kogi State, declares that the signatures being bandied about as those of the constituents of Senator Dino Melaye, seeking to recall him, are actually not from Kogi-West, the district Melaye represents in the Senate.

"The prerogative of any constituent to exercise his or her constitutionally guaranteed right to recall is inalienable but it is obvious the initiators and instigators of the current attempt against Senator Dino Melaye are not from Kogi-West but lackeys and cronies of constituted authority, an apparent outcome of misguided advice to those insistent on dividing and decimating Okun land politically for egoistic purposes."

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has acknowledged receipt of the petition and notified Melaye who has dismissed it as a vindictive campaign against his by Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello.

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