On Friday July 7th, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) , said it was determined that the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye would hold since they had not been served any court ruling or process. The recall process is expected to have begun today, Monday, July 10. The Justice of the Federal High Court Abuja, John Tsoho on Thursday, rejected Melaye’s ex-parte motion for a temporary injunction to restrain INEC from proceeding with the recall process.
John had only asked the parties to maintain the status quo, pending the hearing of the Motion on Notice. A top official of the electoral commission said that the recall process will go ahead. “As at the close of work, we were not served any order, ruling or a process from the Federal High Court. Even if we had received any order from the court, our legal unit will still advise us on what the status quo means. We cannot act in vacuum. Certainly, we are adhering to our timetable on the recall process. We are going ahead from Monday.”“Any time we get a court order to stop the process, we will comply immediately,” the had source said. However, Senator Dino Melaye has served a restraining order on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This order was served on INEC on Monday July 10. In a tweet, Melaye said the electoral body had been served an order by the court, restraining it from further action. However, INEC has said it will continue with the process of recalling the Senator as engineered by members of his constituency.
INEC has been served Order restraining them from further action pic.twitter.com/5PoCdWs2x9
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) July 10, 2017
An INEC official who spoke on anonymity said the commission will proceed in its first leg of the process. The official also said that INEC will stop only if the court orders the seizure of the process. Speaking the official said “There is no restraining order from any court. We will go ahead with the first leg. But if along the line, INEC is stopped from going ahead with the exercise, we will stop it. Pasting the verification notice is just the first leg of the process, which cannot hurt Melaye in any way.Photo Credit: Getty