Supporters and appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello led hundreds of constituents from Kogi West Senatorial district to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja demanding for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents the district at the National Assembly.
The protesters, who carried placards with anti-Dino inscriptions, said they want him recalled as they can no longer stand a ‘fraudulent senator’.
They also listed several atrocities allegedly committed by Dino Melaye including thuggery, continuous flow of irresponsible utterances, certificate scandal, insulting Buhari, Sultan of Sokoto, Bola Tinubu and other notable leaders.
Spokesman of the protesters, Pius Kolawole said constituents from across the seven local government areas that make up the West Senatorial district have compiled lists of 18 alleged offences committed by Senator Dino upon which they based their demand for his recall. Kolawole is the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor Bello.
“Let it be known that all the seven local government areas, comprising Kogi West senatorial zone are united in their resolve to recall Senator Dino Melaye and remove the disgrace he has become to all us,” he said.
According to him, the local government areas initiating the recall process include Yagba West, Yagba East, Mopamuro, Ihany, Kabba/Bunu, Koton-karfe and Lokoja.
Responding, INEC’s Legal Adviser in the state, Muktar Bawa, told the protesters that there were laid conditions and procedures to be followed to begin the process of recall.