…Melaye accuses Gov Bello of sponsoring protest
BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO, Lokoja
Scores of protesters, yesterday, gathered in Kabba, headquarters of Kogi West Senatorial District and marched to the All Progressives Party, APC, headquarters calling for the recall of Sen Dino Melaye. This came eight days after Melaye demanded the resignation and impeachment of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello over the allegation that he registered twice for Permanent Voter’s Card.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had in a statement said Bello acted illegally to have registered for voter’s card in Abuja and Kogi, but said it could not take action against the governor because he is constitutionally protected from prosecution while in office.
The protesters, who had earlier gathered at the Kabba Township Stadium, also proceeded to the office of INEC in Lokoja, to initiate the recall of Melaye, who represents Kogi West in the National Assembly.
They listed 18 alleged offences against the lawmaker, noting that the recall was necessary.
A leader of the protesters, Mr. Pius Kolawole said: “We the people of Kogi West are here today to initiate the process of Senator Dino Melaye’s recall. We are here to pick the forms to commence the process from INEC.
“Let it be known that all the local government areas, comprising Kogi West senatorial zone are united in their resolve to recall Senator Dino Melaye.
“We have compiled the key reasons below to show the world that Senator Dino Melaye’s recall is not only overdue but the right thing to do in the interest of Kogi West. Dino Melaye has breached multiple codes of conduct by his deliberate acts and it is high time the authorities acted to enforce the laws.
Responding the state INEC legal officer, Mukhtar Bawa urged the protesters to collate the signature of voters in all the wards of the senatorial district, saying it was required to commence the process.
On his part, Melaye on his Facebook page accused the state governor of being behind the protest, noting that he would continue speaking against Bello’s maladministration in the state.
He said he knew of the plans to carry out the protest against him, adding that he would remain unshaken in his resolve to speak the truth about Kogi.