Melaye’s Recall: Court Strikes out INEC’s Motion for Substituted Service


By Alex Enumah in Abuja

Efforts by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enforce a court order against the embattled senator representing Kogi West Federal Constituency, Dino Melaye, suffered a setback Thursday as the Abuja division of the Federal High Court struck out a motion exparte seeking substituted service on Melaye.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba struck out the motion following an oral application by INEC’s counsel, Yunus Ustas (SAN), to withdraw the motion.

Dimgba also directed that all applications relating to the petition be henceforth resolved at the Court of Appeal.

Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, in a judgment delivered, gave INEC the go-ahead to commence the process of recall of Melaye after dismissing the senator’s suit that sought to stop his recall by INEC.

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 petitioners to Melaye and time table for verification.

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