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Commissioner: INEC will comply with court order to stop Melaye’s recall

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it would comply with the Federal High Court, Abuja order that temporarily suspended the recall of Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye from the Senate.

This was contained in a statement issued by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Soyebi the commission reached the decision after considering the court order of July 6, 2017, at its regular weekly meeting.

It would be recalled that the court order had directed all parties listed in the suit filed by Melaye to maintain the status quo till the determination of the motion on notice.

Senator Melaye was seeking order of injunction against the commission to stop it from acting on the petition by his constituents.

“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order.

“However, the commission has also decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously.

“Whereas the court had adjourned hearing of the Motion on Notice till Sept. 29, the commission by law has 90 days to complete the process.

Soyebi further said: “section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) sets a limit of 90 days from the date of the presentation of the petition (21st June, 2017) for the exercise to be completed,’’ he said.

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