By Philip Atume

 

Senator Dino Melaye has been served with a recall notice by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The notice was served in his office at the senate wing of the National Assembly.

While briefing news men in Abuja on Monday, senator Melaye denied claims of his evasion of the service of petition and timetable for his recall, from the senate.

Senator Melaye who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, is facing a recall by his constituents who in a petition on June 23, 2017, called on INEC to recall him.

The senator who was accused of poor representation of the constituency at the senate, revealed to news men that, "accepting any purported petition from INEC would lead to breaching the 1999 constitution" (Amended)

He said the window provided by the constitution for the service of recall petition had elapsed and he won’t see himself as one who is breaching the law.

He also said that INEC must act on the petition purportedly presented to it on June 23, by conducting a referendum within 90 days of receipt of the petition.

He said it is possible because it is made clear by the provisions of section 69(b) of the 1999 Constitution. 

He claimed that the 90 days period provided for in the constitution for conducting the referendum after verification elapsed on September 23, 2017.

He said, since the time has elapsed, he cannot under the circumstance, aid and abet INEC to further infringe on the provisions of the Constitution, which he has sworn to defend.

The lawmaker pointed out that his position on the matter had been affirmed by various Supreme Court decisions.