👤 By Adenike Lucas
Senator Dino Melaye has defeated opponents who plotted to remove him from the National Assembly.
DENISAURUS News gathered that the outspoken lawmaker, 44, upset the Governor of Kogi when he began to speak about injustice in the state.
Governor Yayaha Bello it turned out, though had spent billions trying to recall the representative for Kogi West, was unsuccessful.
Only 18,742 of 189,870 out of Senator Melaye’s constituents participated in a verification exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to recall him.
Okente Morthy, the Verification Collation Officer said the first stage of the recall process had failed.
According to Professor Morthy, the “process for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District held on this day 28 April, 2018, recorded a 5.34 per cent turnout.”
For the recall petition to be successful, 50 percent of the signatory had to be verified, therefore the recall has “not satisfied the requirement as specified by law for the referendum.”
In a twitter post, Senator Melaye commended his constituents and vowed not to let them down.
“Thank you my people. God bless you all. Thank you for the confidence reposed on me. I will not let you down.
“I will always stand by the truth and the people at all times. God bless Kogi West.”
Senator Melaye, is currently in hospital following an incident where he was ruff handled by the police.
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Commentators believe the failed plan to recall him is an open rejection of Governor Bello.
James Abiodun Faleke, the Deputy Governorship candidate in the 2015 Kogi election said: “the recall project has failed. The people won. The outcome today is not just about Dino but the open rejection of the Yahaya Bello led state government.”
Mr Faleke, a member of the House of representative (Ikeja) ran on a joint ticket with Abubakar Audu.
Unfortunately, Mr Audu died before the results were announced causing a lacuna in the constitution. Eventually, Mr Bello, who came second in the primaries was installed as Governor of the State.
Critics say Mr Bello has failed in his duties as Governor.
“I have been telling those who care to listen that Governor Yahaya Bello is not popular in Kogi state.
“The open rejection of his ill-fated @dino_melaye recall today is a clear testimony. Hundreds of millions of tax payers money wasted. So sad and unfortunate,” Mr Faleke wrote in a post on twitter.
This view was also supported by the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation, PDP, Kogi State, said “those who were involved in the petition submitted to INEC for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye must be arrested and tried for forgery.
“The huge human and financial resources deployed to the ‘Dino- Melaye-must-go’ agenda would have made meaningful impact on the lives of the downtrodden people of Kogi State, especially the workers that are being owed several months’ salaries.
“The open rejection of the recall agenda by the people of Kogi State was a clear signal that APC and Governor Yahaya Bello have been rejected in the State.”