WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO RECALL DINO MELAYE FROM THE SENATE
Some Political opponents of Dino Melaye Senator Representing Kogi West in his home state are all out to see him out of the upper chamber of Nigeria Senate through a recall. They’ve been collecting signatures of registered voters to effect it WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO RECALL DINO MELAYE FROM THE SENATE
So many Nigerians are wondering, what is the procedureTo recall a Senator in Nigeria? It is not an easy task, but the kind of opposition against Senator Melaye is a very formidable one within and outside Kogi state. WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO RECALL DINO MELAYE FROM THE SENATE
Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution provides 10 clear but tortuous steps on how a senator can be recalled from the Senate. The steps are: WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO RECALL DINO MELAYE FROM THE SENATE
1 More than half of the registered voters in the Senator’s senatorial district will write, sign and send a petition to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC alleging their loss of confidence in the senator
2 The petition must be signed and arranged according to polling units, wards, Local Government Areas, and constituency. WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO RECALL DINO MELAYE FROM THE SENATE
3 INEC then notifies the Senator sought to be recalled, stating that it has received a petition for his or her recall if the petition is valid
4 INEC issues a public notice or announcement stating the date, time and location of the verification of signatures to the petition
5 INEC verifies the signatures of the petitioners at the designated location. The signatories must be individuals who appear on the voters’ register.
6 INEC conducts a referendum if more than one-half (50% + 1) of the signatories are verified
7 INEC writes to the petitioners stating that the minimum requirements for a referendum were not met if the number verified is less than one-half of the registered voters in that constituency. The petition will, therefore, be dismissed.
8 INEC conducts a referendum within 90 days of receipt of the petition if the minimum requirements for a referendum are met. The referendum will be a simple yes or no vote on whether the Senator should be recalled, and will be decided by simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that Senator’s constituency.
9 If the majority of the voters in the constituency vote ‘yes’ the Chairman of the INEC will send a Certificate of Recall to the Senate President to effect the recall.
10 The Senate President will show the affected senator the way out of the Senate
To recall Senator Dino Melaye or any other Senator, all these steps must be taken, all eyes are on Kogi state may be Dino Melaye will enter the record book as the first Senator to be recalled in Nigeria