Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial district in the Senate says the signatures allegedly collected to influence his recall and forwarded to INEC were forged.
Addressing journalists on Sunday in Lokoja, Melaye who said investigations had revealed that even the dead signed the recall across the seven area councils of the Senatorial District, described the process as fraudulent.
Speaking through one of his legislative aides, Abubakar Sadiq, the embattled Senator said names and signatures of dead constituents were on the list.
According to him, the name of a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, late Rotimi Obadofin precisely from Iya-Gbede axis was on the list.
“Let me also sound authoritatively that here in Lokoja Local Government Council, several others whose names and signatures appeared on the list of the signatories to this failed exercise were identified and known to us as being dead long before now.
“Such people like late Abdullahi Abubakar, his immediate younger sister late Halima Lawal Abubakar and Ibrahim Adama of Unit Code 021, Adankolo Ring Road in Ward ‘A’, Lokoja Local Government Council.
Also one late Salihu Black of Gegu-Beki town, Kogi Local Government Council who until his death was a biology teacher in Government Secondary School, Koton-Karfe, also appended his signature on the recall list.
“This recall exercise was hatched in Kogi Government House due to the manner in which Dino Melaye consistently challenges and engages the government over non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners for over 15 months, and also the constant closure of tertiary institutions ,” he stated.
Melaye also alleged that they claimed to have gotten over 188,000 signatories of electorates in Kogi West when the total vote cast, both valid and rejected, in the last Senatorial election of 2015, was merely 111, 000 for all the candidates that participated.