By Alex Enumah in Abuja
A Federal High Court in AbujaÂ MondayÂ gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the permission to go ahead with its planned recall of Senator Dino Melaye.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court gave the go-ahead after dismissing Melaye’s suit that sought to stop his recall by INEC following a petition received from the people of Kogi West Federal Constituency, whom Melaye represents at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Justice Dimgba dismissed the suit on the grounds that it lacked merit, adding that it was hasty and premature since Melaye failed to exhaust all internal mechanism provided by the 1999 constitution before rushing to court.
The judge however ordered INEC to forward a copy of the said petition it received from Melaye’s constituency, signatories, including the full list of the petitioners to the senator.
This, according to Dimgba, is to address issues relating to fair hearing cited by the plaintiff.