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Trouble for Dino Melaye as INEC Moves to Resume His Recall Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has filed an application at the Abuja High Court to set aside the motion hindering it from continuing with the process to recall Dino Melaye from the senate.
INEC on Thursday approached the Abuja High Court which passed the order and asked for the motion to be set aside. The commission also seeks for an accelerated hearing in front of a vacation judge.

The matter had been adjourned to September 29 by a previous judge.

In the application seeking the vacation of the ex-parte order, the electoral body argued that the order violated its right to fair hearing as enshrined in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

The commission further argued that the order was against its time-bound constitutional duty, which is the time frame stipulated by law to carry out a recall.

In an affidavit deposed to by one Paave Demenongo, the commission said it was not heard before the ex-parte order was made.

It also said that since it received the order on July 10, it had been unable to take action on the recall process, notwithstanding the fact that time was of essence in carrying out its duties.

Dino Melaye's counsel opposed both applications. The matter was adjourned to July 27.

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