Senator Dino Melaye, member representing the Kogi West Central senatorial district, had accused that the signatures allegedly collected to influence his recall and forwarded to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were forged.
Senator Melaye in an outburst claimed that, ‘even the dead’ across the seven area councils of the senatorial district signed the recall. He claimed that the name of a former governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, late Chief Rotimi Obadofin, from Iya-Gbede axis, was on the list.
Speaking through one of his legislative aides, Malam Abubakar Sadiq, Senator Melaye said:
“Let me also sound authoritatively that here in Lokoja Local Government Council, several others whose names and signatures appeared on the list of the signatories to this failed exercise were identified and known to us as being dead long before now.”
“Such people like late Abdullahi Abubakar, his immediate younger sister late Halima Lawal Abubakar and Ibrahim Adama of Unit Code 021, Adankolo Ring Road in Ward ‘A’, Lokoja Local Government Council.”
“Also one late Salihu Black of Gegu-Beki town, Kogi Local Government Council who until his death was a biology teacher in Government Secondary School, Koton-Karfe, also appended his signature on the recall list.”
“This recall exercise was hatched in Kogi Government House due to the manner in which Senator Dino Melaye consistently challenges and engages the government over non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners for over 15 months; and also the constant closure of tertiary institutions.”
Melaye also alleged that they claimed to have got over 188,000 signatories of electorate in Kogi West when the total vote cast, both valid and rejected, in the last senatorial election of 2015, was merely 111,000 for all the candidates that participated.
However, Governor Yahaya Bello in response to Senator Dino Melaye’s allegation denied the accusations; as well as advised Senator Melaye to quit worrying about INEC, but instead, wait for verification of the signatures in a few days.