“The process is continuing according to court order and the constitution. It has nothing to do with him being in prison or anywhere. It’s a process it must continue,” Uzzi emphasized, adding that Melaye, has choice to have his agents present if he can’t be present’

‘Today, Saturday, INEC would verify the signatures of the thousands who signed to recall the lawmaker. The results would be announced on Sunday. If the signatures are successfully verified to be positive, then INEC will fix a date for a referendum in Kogi West to remove the senator’.

Penpushing also recalled that Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, James Apam, in a press conference on Wednesday in Lokoja said that the commission had put all necessary modalities in place to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Reacting to the development, Melaye’s media aide, Gideon Ayodele, decried his principal’s latest ordeal saying the acts of the police were orchestrated to keep the senator preoccupied amidst ongoing efforts to recall him.

“They planned everything. It was a plot to get him distracted and make it difficult for him to rally his base or verify signatures”,Ayodele said

Meanwhile, prominent civic groups, like Enough is Enough (EIE) Nigeria, have said they would monitor the recall process. The body recently launched “the citizen’s guide to the recall process” to educate Nigerians on how to constitutionally recall a lawmaker they are displeased with.

Penpushing reports that, should Melaye be successfully recalled, his would be the first successful recall of a federal lawmaker in Nigeria’s recent democratic experience.

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