The Independent National
Electoral Commission had declared the process failed after the verified
signatories to the petition for Melaye’s recall fell short of requirements.
Melaye, who is currently in the
Intensive Care Unit after a face-off with security agencies last week, thanked
Nigerians, especially his constituents for standing by him.
Gideon Ayodele, Media Aide to the
embattled senator in a statement on Sunday, called on Nigerians to continue to
pray for the lawmaker, who is currently bedridden.
His statement reads below…
“The chain of events from last
Monday to this day are enough for one to be grateful to God Almighty and all
Kogi people both at home and in the Diaspora, including friends of Senator Dino
Melaye outside the Confluence State and all over the world, for standing behind
the Senator in this trying times.
“Needless to say that all
allegations against him by the Police are politically-motivated and the timing
of his maltreatment and harassment was carefully planned to prevent him from
mobilising support against the purported recall of his representation of Kogi
West from the Senate, GOD manifested Himself by using the good people of Kogi
West senatorial zone to stem the tide against him by making the cup to pass
over the Senator even in his absence.
“Despite his current travails,
his inability to mobilise his constituents and also deploy agents to monitor
the signature verification exercise, countless number of supporters volunteered
to do it without minding the associated risks posed by the Kogi State
Government. It is therefore important for the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to act truly independent by announcing a result that truly
reflects the wishes of the majority electorate of Kogi West as demonstrated
“No doubt, to recall a
representative is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as the right
of the electorate, what the good people of Kogi West and other lovers of
democracy outside the state, who are praying for Senator Dino Melaye, have done
is to stop an instigated and purported recall against him because it is undemocratic,
self serving and beneficial to only a few.
“It is pertinent to say here,
that though the battle for the recall has been won and lost, the safety of
Senator Dino Melaye in the hospital as heavily guarded by the Police since
Tuesday is a cause for concern even as we decry the arrest, continued detention
and trial of his brothers, aides, friends and lawyers on trumped-up charges by
“We appeal to all Nigerians of
good conscience to continue to help us pray for the safety and immediate freedom
of Senator Dino Melaye so that he can return to his family and duty post –
responsive representation of his people in the Senate – because his victory
over the purported recall today will certainly spite his traducers and they may
devise new ways of rubbishing him for no just cause.”