In a frantic bid to stop his recall from the Senate, Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West, has persuaded the vacation Judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, to grant him seven days to respond to INEC. Justice Dimgba adjourned hearing of the motions till July 27.
It will be recalled that Melaye had shortly after INEC declared its readiness to kick-start his recall, filed legal action to abort the process. Among other reliefs, the embattled lawmaker, applied for an order of injunction restraining INEC from commencing or further continuing or completing the process of his recall.
He prayed the court to make an order stopping INEC from acting on the petition submitted to it. The plaintiff equally begged the High Court to stop the electoral body from conducting any referendum predicated on the fictitious petition allegedly submitted to it by his purported constituents on the basis of the fundamentally and legally flawed petition.
He specifically urged the court to determine whether by provisions of Sections 68 and 69 of the Constitution, he is entitled to a fair hearing before the process of his recall as envisaged by the provisions of Section 69 of the Constitution can be triggered.
To determine whether the petition presented to the defendant is in compliance with the requirements of the Constitution, same being heavily tainted with political malice, bad motive, personal vendetta and bad faith, which were initiated by top politicians in Kogi, who wield enormous power over his Senatorial constituency.