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Monday, 30 April 2018

DINO'S Victory sustainable?..




Concerned Nigerians, has called on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to prosecute those who allegedly forged signatures of dead persons in the recall list of Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District,  Dino Melaye.
Consequently, the embattled Senator Melaye who is in hospital after the drama that followed his arrest with the Police survived the recall attempt. Many who had thought that incarceration of the senator in the hospital, coupled with his running battle with the police will make his recall easy were disappointed. Not only did he survive, he did so with a large margin as only five percent of the signatures were actually verified. Melaye’s problems started after a petition by some of his constituents in 2017 that he was not representing them well. The senator’s accusers gathered signatures to demand his recall but Melaye counter-accused the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, of being the mastermind of the plot. He subsequently approached the court to stop the process but could not get the relief he sought at the Court of Appeal. With the embattled senator incommunicado after his incarceration, many forces rose to his defence. Among those who rose to defend him was ironically, his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Members of the National Assembly, leading elites of the Okun nation, also strongly mobilised strongly against the recall. National Assembly President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, for whom Melaye had worked as a foot soldier was said to have rallied National Assembly members, especially those from the state to reach out on behalf of Melaye. The three House of Representatives members in the senatorial constituency were said to have been helpful. It was particularly amazing that Reps. Tajudeen Yusuf and Sunday Karimi who are from the PDP and had indicated interest in replacing Melaye in the 2019 General Election rallied to Melaye’s defence. 




 Although, they were not visible at home during the Saturday verification exercise, their underground work was believed to have helped in frustrating the exercise. PDP Nobody or group of persons, however, carried the campaign, #Istand with Dino more than the PDP. Firstly, the party dissociated itself from the exercise and called on its members to shun and vote against the verification. Aside that, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan who is also from the senatorial constituency was a rallying point against the exercise. His was a strong voice and campaigner against the recall exercise. At the end of the exercise, Ologbondinyan said the governor failed to hearken to the appeal to stop the recall, and left them with no option but to mobilise against it. Ologbondinyan said the failure showed that darkness cannot prevail over light. Okun People Okun people of Kogi are an enlightened set of people in the state. They spoke with one voice and stood against the idea. To them, they saw the recall as the project of the governor and saw Melaye as the main challenger to the laxities of the governor. Though many did not like the embattled senator’s style; especially his unbridled tongue, but they averred that they won’t allow the presidency or state governor dictate the political carriage of the area. Many said that Melaye did not offend them; so they would not be used as the political tool for his removal. Indeed a week to the verification, the catch-phrase among the Okun was: “WHATEVER YOU CALL HIM, DINO IS OUR OWN AND WE WILL STAND WITH OUR SON.” Besides, it was evident during the verification exercise that the recall process could have been manipulated from the beginning. Many people were shocked that their names were attached to the petition without their consent. Outraged, they turned the heat on INEC’s ad- hoc staff, fuming that they will take legal action against the commission. Some names were those of dead men.INEC’s ad- hoc staff, fuming that they will take legal action against the commission.


















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