A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed September 11 for judgment on the two merged suits challenging the recall of Senator Dino Melaye by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had on August 7 merged the suits personally filed by Senator Melaye (APC Kogi West) and that by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, both opposing the activation of the recall process.
Melaye’s counsel, Nkem Okoro, Friday, urged the court to grant the reliefs to stop the recall process for contravening the provisions for recall set out in Sections 1(1) (3), 36, 68 and 69 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as well as Order 3 Rule 6 of the Federal High Court Rules.
Okoro argued that Melaye was not afforded fair hearing by the electoral umpire following its receipt of a petition purportedly signed by 188,000 voters in the constituency.
He maintained that the number was not up to half of the registered voters as required by law, adding that most of the purported signatories were non-existent, dead and forged.