The Implications of Failed Recall of Sen. Dino Melaiye
The move to recall Senator Dino Melaye by his supposed constituents in Kogi West senatorial district has failed.
The results of the signature verification conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the weekend as part of the recall process show that the petitions were not from the constituents.
In the results announced after the exercise on Saturday, INEC stated that out of a total of 351, 140 registered voters in the senatorial district, only 18, 743 signatories representing 5. 34 per cent, showed up. Curiously, the commission observed that 189, 870 petitions were received by it but 20, 868 petitions were presented for accreditation, suggesting fictitious claims.
For a recall process to proceed to the level of referendum, the number of signatories must reach 51 percent of the total number of registered voters in the district, but the exercise in Kogi West fell short by 45.66 percent, which means that the constitutional requirement was not met.
The failed recall has implications for the national polity, particularly politics in Kogi State. Apart from the fact that the majority of the petitions were spurious, the outcome of the verification indicates that the voters have power to resist the impunity of political actors.