Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has thrown his weight behind Senator Dino Melaye, saying that those orchestrating his recall are wasting their time
Saraki added that what is happening in Kogi, in respect of Melaye, as far as this Constitution is concerned, is an exercise in futility
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has thrown his weight behind Senator Dino Melaye, saying that those orchestrating his recall are wasting their time.
Saraki said this after Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, backed a motion moved by Melaye, on his recall.
Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district, told his colleagues that Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, is behind the move to eject him from the upper legislative chamber.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already fixed July 10 and August 19, 2017, for verification of signatures on the recall register, having said the outcome would determine whether the Commission would proceed to conduct a referendum.
Saraki said that 10 years is no joke in leadership and that the Deputy President of the Senate has explained the processes adding that the process should speak for itself.
He said he didn’t know why a lot of efforts are being wasted on this issue adding that these efforts should have gone on more important things. He noted that, eventually, it must come back to the Senate to certify whether it was satisfactory.”
Earlier, Ekweremadu compared the process of recall to impeachment and said the National Assembly made it a strict process, to avoid abuse and added that debating the matter at plenary would amount to waste of “precious legislative time.
Saraki added that what is happening in Kogi, in respect of Melaye, as far as this Constitution is concerned, is an exercise in futility.
He said it is possible that the Attorney-General of Kogi State did not advise them properly. If he had done that, I am sure they would have applied their time to more meaningful ventures in the state.
He added that the process of recall is the equivalent of impeachment of executive positions.
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