Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Kogi state: Voters ask court to sack Governor Bello as Dino Melaye says “the fake recall will fail and very soon”

Three voters in Kogi state have approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the return and swearing-in of Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi as null and void.

The suit was filed on June 16, before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja, according to documents made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lokoja.

Michael Elokun, Ibrahim Sule, and Hawa Adamu, all registered voters in Kogi, are the electorate suing Bello on behalf of over 1.2 million registered voters in the state.

Other defendants in the suit are: the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as well as the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami.

In the originating summon supported by a 19-paragraph affidavit, the petitioners are asking the court to remove the governor on grounds that he is not a registered voter in Kogi.

The petitioners also urged the court to remove Bello on the grounds that he was not validly nominated in writing to contest the 2015 governorship election by any registered voter in the state.

They contended that this was in accordance with Section 32 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
Elokun, Sule and Adamu want the court to affirm that since Bello was not a registered voter in Kogi, he could not be nominated for any elective position or be voted for by the electorate in the state.

On this premise, the petitioners are asking the court to declare as null and void the declaration of Bello as the winner of the governorship election held in the state in 2015 by the INEC.

This came after INEC released a timetable for the recall of Kogi West senator Dino Melaye who has been very vocal against the governor. 52.3% of electorate in his constituency had allegedly voted for his recall.

However, Melaye had said that the "fake recall will fail very soon”. He had also charged INEC to court claiming that dead persons signed the petition for his recall.
“To all my constituents good morning. Let not your heart be trouble. There are storms on our way but we will sail through.
God is with us so nothing to fear. The fake recall will fail and very soon. Please maintain peace as every lie has an expiry date.
I will not stop speaking the truth or being voice for the voiceless. We shall win yet again. Yahaya Bello must pay salaries and pensioners.
Sing the song of victory with me because we shall surely overcome the agents of darkness. In God we trust and not in Naira.
The battle to salvage Kogi state from financial Scavengers and economic cankerworms is a batle of no retreat no surrender,” Melaye said on Twitter.
Melaye, who was elected into office in 2015, also stated on Twitter on Sunday, saying: “Those who did not call me can not recall me”.

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