The recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district was a monumental failure yesterday, as huge number of signatories to the petition refused to turn out for the verification exercise.
Declaring the result of the exercise early hours of Sunday, the Verification Collation Officer, Prof. Okente Morthy a lecturer with university of Abuja, said that the petition failed to meet the requirements for referendum which would have been the next stage in the recall process .
He noted that the exercise only recorded 5.34% as against the requirements of law to qualify to move to the next Stage of the recall process.
Giving details of the exercise, Prof. Morthy said there were a total 351,146 registered voters in the seven local government areas which constitute the senatorial district. The local government areas are : Kabba Bunu, Lokoja, Kogi /Kotonkarfi, Mopamuro, Ijumu, Yagba West and Yagba East
He stated further that the total number of signatories to the petition is 189,870, out of which only 20868 turned out for the verification exercise.
He added that a total of 18742 were actually verified, representing only 5.34% which is far bellow the 50 plus one percent required by law.
While making official declaration he said that the result sheets were signed by the “Verification collation Officer Prof Okente Morthy, agent of the petitioner, Ibrahim Gimba Abubakar and the agent to Senator Dino Melaye, Hon. Abubakar Sadiq Muhammed.
” I hereby affirmed that the recall process for the recall of the senator representing Kogi Central senatorial district held on this day 28 April, 2018 recorded 5.34% and has therefore not satisfied the requirements as specified by law for referendum” he declared.
Meanwhile the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, has described the boycott and low turnout experienced in the recall process of Sen. Dino Melaye, as a reflection that the APC led administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello has lost value.
In a statement signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation of the party, he thanked the people of West Senatorial District for heeding its call to vote against the recall.
He described the failure of the recall exercise as an indication that the present administration is not popular, having inflicted poverty, hardship and suffering on the people.
The PDP said the administration has not been sensitive to the plight of the people, who as civil servants are owed salaries for close to twenty months.
In spite the resources accrued the present administration, the PDP lamented that no visible infrastructural development can be witnessed under the Gov. Bello’s administration, saying that the failure of the recall is a signal that the people have bid the administration a farewell .
The PDP called on the APC led administration to start packing their load, pointing out that the red card signal the recall failure has presented, is an indication that Gov. Bello and APC time in the state is up.