Me­laye’s re­call: Court be­gins ac­cel­er­ated hear­ing to­day

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By John Chuks Azu

A Fed­eral High Court in Abuja will to­day be­gin hear­ing on all ap­pli­ca­tions on the suit seek­ing to stop the process for the re­call of Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

Jus­tice Nnamdi Dimgba, who took over the suit, which was ini­tially be­fore John Tsoho due to the break for judges, had on July 27 ad­vised the par­ties in the suit to file their pro­cesses Au­gust 7.

When the mat­ter came up, INEC coun­sel Su­ley­man Ibrahim, asked the court to hear the mat­ter as the 90 days pro­vided by law for the re­call is sacro­sanct.

But Me­laye’s coun­sel, Emeka Okoro, ar­gued that INEC, which took three weeks to re­spond to Me­laye’s suit filed be­fore Jus­tice Tsoho can­not now turn to de­mand for ur­gency. for hear­ing on

INEC had claimed that the re­strain­ing in­junc­tion ear­lier granted by Jus­tice Tsoho has stalled its re­call process of Me­laye (APC, Kogi West) for which over 188,000 sig­na­tures pur­port­edly signed by his con­stituents have been re­ceived.

The elec­toral um­pire also claimed that the in­junc­tion breached the time-bound na­ture of the re­call process as en­shrined in Sec­tion 69 of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion.

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