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Planned Recall: 18 Constituents Claim their Signatures were forged; deny being part of process.

As the controversy over the planned recall process of Senator Dino Melaye continues, 18 constituents in Kogi West Senatorial district have revealed that they are not part of the ongoing moves to have the lawmaker recalled from the Senate.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday, the constituents under the auspices of ‘Concerned Kogi Registered Voters’ disclosed that they decided to speak up in view of an earlier Press Release by INEC to the effect that it had commenced the recall process of Senator Melaye.
“This press conference became more important in view of the press release credited to INEC that it has received signatures above 188, 000 registered voters in Kogi West,” they said.
 Describing the process of collection of signatures as a sham, the group said it has filed an ex parte motion before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking amongst others, an order of directing all parties to maintain status quo ante in respect of the recall process of the Senator pending the final determination of the substantive suit.
Accusing the Kogi State government of masterminding the attempt to have the Senator recalled, the group said it was aware that “there is possible connivance between the people on the recall agenda and INEC, an act contrary to the Electoral Act.
The group prayed the court to note that “at no point was signature taking process conducted by anybody in Kogi West”.
It warned INEC to stop forthwith the recall process, noting that the court should be allowed to do justice in the matter.
It said, “INEC, being a constitutionally constituted organ of government should halt any further action pending the court’s adjudication.
“The people of Kogi West have sued those involved to court for forgery of their signatures in a desperate attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye.”
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