The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday received signatures from the electorates in Kogi West Senatorial District, asking for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.
Six bags, which contained the signatures of 52.3 per cent of the electorates from the zone and other petitions, were submitted to the commission in Abuja.
What began as a threat by Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi State, is now unfurling in a dramatic way.
But Melaye has mocked Governor Bello for purportedly sponsoring a move to recall him from the Nigerian Senate.
However on Monday, Pius Kolawole, special adviser to the governor, announced that 188,588 voters, representing 52.3 percent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi west senatorial district, approved the recall of Melaye from the senate.
He said the collation of signatures of voters was carried out successfully on June 17.
According to the electoral act, one-half of the number of registered voters in a constituency is required for the recall of a lawmaker.
There are 360,098 registered voters in Kogi west and the number — 188,588 – represents a little more than one-half required for a lawmaker’s recall.