The acclaimed figures of signatories collected for the recall of embattled Senator Dino Melaye were forged before being forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Melaye revealed this on Saturday, June 24, while addressing newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, at the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory noted that their investigation revealed that even the dead signed the recall across the seven local government councils of the senatorial district.
The Kogi West representative at the Senate who spoke through one of his legislative aides, Mallam Abubakar Sadiq stressed that the name of the former governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, in the state late Chief Yakubu Rotimi Obadofin from Ijumu local government council precisely Iya-Gbede axis was included in the list.
“Let me also sound authoritatively that here in Lokoja local government council several others whose names and signatures appeared on the list of the signatories to this failed exercise were identified and known to us have been dead long before now, such people like late Abdullahi Abubakar, his immediate younger sister late Halima LawiI Abubakar and Ibrahim Adama of Unit Code 021 Adankolo ring road in Ward ‘A’ Lokoja local government council.
“Also one late Salihu Black of Gegu-Beki town in Kogi local government council who until his death he was a biology teacher in Government Secondary School, Koton-Karfi also appended his signatories on the recall list.
“This recall exercise was hatched in government house due to the manner in which Senator Dino Melaye had consistently challenged and engaged the government of Kogi State over non-payment of workers salaries and pensioners for over 15 months so also the closure of tertiary institutions,” he stated.
Senator Melaye added that they claimed to have gotten over 188,000 signatories of electorates in Kogi West whereas the total vote cast in the last senatorial election of 2015 was merely 111,000 for all the candidates that participated at the election both valid and rejected votes.
“For God sake how could they have gotten such figures, where people were not seeing in most of the polling unit visited during the said purported exercise.
“Should INEC proceeds on verification process they can not get up to 5 percent of the total figure forged because those names and signatories were collated by proxy in various homes and the government house,” he alleged.
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