INEC reveals amount spent on failed attempt to recall Melaye

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says only N100m was spent on the failed attempt to recall the lawmaker representing Kogi-West, Senator Dino Melaye.

He made this known while responding to a question posed by this reporter at a press conference in Abuja on Friday.

Yakubu said the figure was nowhere near the N100bn being bandied by the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said a recall exercise is just like conducting a Senatorial election, adding that Kogi-West which Melaye represents, has 552 polling units and seven local governments.

The INEC chairman said ad hoc staff were deployed in all the polling units.

Recall that the results of the signature verification conducted by INEC last 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 per cent, which means that the constitutional requirement was not met.

Yakubu went on to state that there was no connection between the voters register and the Kano February 10 local government elections in which underage voters allegedly participated.

He maintained that if at all underage voters participated in the local council election, they were not on the INEC register.

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