There was more trouble for the embattled senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, in Kogi State, in north central region of Nigeria. Kogi West senatorial constituents triggered the recall of the All Progressive Congress (APC) senator from the Senate and the National Assembly. Senator Dino Melaye has been embroiled in one controversy after another as 188,580 electorates signed for his recall from the central legislature.
Confirmed reports indicate that a total of 188,588 people from Kogi West senatorial district in Kogi State have signed for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye.
The process began two weeks ago when the people of Kogi West across the seven local government councils trooped out to formally sign for the recall of the senator.
Announcing the figure at the Kogi State APC State Secretariat in Lokoja, the returning officer for the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye, Adamu Yusuf said that out of 360,098 of the total registered voters of the seven Kogi West senatorial districts comprising Yagba, Mopa Muro, Kabba Bunu, Yagba East, Koton Karfe, Lokoja and Ijumu, 188, 588, signed the recall register constituting 52.3% of the voters in the Kogi West senatorial district.
An APC chieftain from Kogi West, Hon. Pious Kolawole, while addressing the people of the senatorial district at the state party secretariat in Lokoja, said as the electorate, there is a law that empowers them to recall their representative if they are not satisfied with his activities.
The seven Local government administrators constituting Kogi West were all present during the recall exercise.
How this constitutional requirement covering ‘disgruntled constituents’ will play out in the Senate is left to conjecture – considering the closeness and pally-relationship between Senator Dino Melaye and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.