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Melaye’s recall: Group says no going back

A group, Aggrieved Constituent Voters in Kogi West Senatorial District, says there is no going back on the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents the constituency in the Senate.
The leader of the group, Olowo Cornelius, made the statement while addressing news conference on Wednesday in Lokoja.
He said that the recall bid was premised on lack of performance and total disconnect between the senator and his constituents.
Cornelius said: “The recall of Senator Dino Melaye was entirely initiated and is being pursued by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District.
“This is after having had enough of Dino’s unbearable utterances, conduct and misbehaviour both in and out of the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly coupled with his total disconnect from the people he claims to represent.”
Cornelius said the group was poised to make history in the country as the first constituency to recall a lawmaker for performing below expectation.
He accused Melaye of abandoning his constitutional duties for trivialities and described the senator as “a huge embarrassment’’ to the people of the western flank of the state.
He also accused Melaye of embarking on “fruitless attempt’’ to discredit his recall by claiming that some personalities in the area like the late Prince Rotimi Obadofin was included in the signatories of the recall register.
He described the claim as not only “demonic, but grievous wickedness to the resting soul of the deceased politician’’.
Cornelius urged Melaye to be patient and wait for verification to ascertain the signatures.
He expressed delight that the action to recall Melaye was yielding positive results as the emattled lawmaker was now on his toes attending to the needs of the people of his constituency.
According to him, nine constituency projects awarded by the senator but abandoned in the area are now ”seriously” receiving attention as he had mobilised contractors to site.
He said that four constituents had benefitted from car donation from the senator, adding that the recall bid had forced Melaye to do what he ordinarily would not have done.