Embattled senator, Dino Melaye, may escape recall after all as voters in his senatorial district seem not interested in the signature verification exercise that began today in Kogi State. Most of the few that turned out have rejected the signatures they saw. It requires 51 per cent to recall him, but less than five per cent of the 180,000 signatures submitted to INEC have been verified by half day.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begin jubilating, saying the boycott and low turnout experienced in today’s recall process is a reflection that the APC led administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello has lost value .
According to a press statement signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation of the party, the party commended the people of Kogi West Senatorial District for heeding to vote against the recall. The PDP said the administration in the state has not been sensitive to the plight of the people, who as civil servants, were owed salaries for close to 20 months.
Conellious Olowo from Kogi West had last year approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the recall of Melaye (Kogi West) for what he described as non performance.
The group also said it had collated over 180,000 signatures for the recall of the controversial Senator from the red chamber.
However, the he exercise which was scheduled to kick start at 8 am is yet to commence at Lokongoma/Phase1 where from observation the officials were still pasting the voters list as at 10.00 am without any voter
Similarly, at the unit 001, open mammy market, opposite Chairman Meigumeri Barracks also in Lokoja, no one was on line.
The electoral officer on duty disclosed that pockets of voters have visited only to check their name and go back, saying that no one has come forward for verification.
The official who does not want his name in print said that they have been there as early as 8 am. Also at Koton-Karfe, a lot of anomalies was recorded as signatures did not tally with rightful owners of names that appeared in the list provided by Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ).
At Ukwo Okoriko camp petitioners and INEC official complained that signatures did not tally and similarily at Ower unit 12 Panda out of 40 people that their signature appeared it did not match with the ones they signed at the Polling Unit.
At ward 8 unit 4 in Felele out of 815 petitioners no turn out . In Agbaja, Lokoja 11, they were fighting because people were saying the names and signatures that appeared on the list do not belong to them. At Hama polling unit also in lokoja electorates almost fought with INEC officials accusing them of forging their signatures.
At Amole polling units out of 450 signatures only 9 came out for the exercise, at Crowther polling out of 805 only 12 appeared for verification. Only 8 signed 4 said the signatures that appeared does not belong to them.
Meanwhile Mohammed Haruna, the INEC National Commissioner supervising Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, has disclosed that what INEC would present is what it saw , adding that it was the duty of the petitioner to organise his house.