By Ogbolu George
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has told Senator Dino Melaye (APC/ Kogi West) to be patient and wait for the verification of the signatures for his recall by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Melaye had alleged that the process of collating the signatures was fraudulent.
The governor, while speaking on Sunday through his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Onyegbule, said facts about the constituents were with INEC, which is responsible for verifying the signatures.
”There is nothing for the distinguished senator to be worried about. We plead with him to calm down. INEC has set July 3 for the public verification of signatures and the date is around the corner; there is no point burning energies all over the place,” he said.
Dino Melaye, while also speaking on Sunday through one of aides, 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,” he stated.
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