Nigeria Lawmakers: Constituents Resort To Pelting After Recall Process Flops
Nigeria News take a look at some Nigerian Federal lawmakers; their planned recall and physical attack by their constituencies.
There is no sign that the Kogi West constituents will succeed in recalling their senator, Dino Melaye with the way things are going.
The constituents instituted a recall process against the outspoken senator early this year when they sent loads of petitions to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to kick-start the procedure.
The INEC confirmed receiving the petition and started the process in earnest with a letter to the lawmaker and dates with which it would commence his recall.
INEC also picked a date to verify the voter’s cards of all those who voted for Melaye’s recall but all these were put on hold through a court order.
The senator approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the INEC from recalling him even when about 53 percent of his constituency wanted him back home.
Melaye is one of the stooges of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and it was clear from inception that his recall was an exercise in futility.
Since the senator took the issue to court and has refused to receive any letter from INEC, the recall process looks dead as much as nothing has been said about it lately.
Though Melaye has been silent at the green chamber in the recent time, except when he knelt down, asking his colleagues to help ameliorate the suffering of the civil servants in the Kogi State.
The civil servants had protested against the state Government over non-payment of their salaries. Melaye took up the issue to the Senate and was able to lobby some of his colleagues to provide over a thousand bags of rice for the hungry workers.
But his gesture did not stop the residents of Kabba where Melaye hails from as they came out in large number to stone the senator during Kabba Day Celebration.
They echoed that if the recall process failed by litigation, they would always find a way to chase away the flamboyant lawmaker.
Melaye is not the only lawmaker that is facing hostility from his constituency, another person is Senator Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central. The senator had been at loggerheads with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over an allegation of corruption.
He was stoned in Bauchi by members of his constituency. Misau was investigated by the Senate committee over alleged fraud levied against him by the police. During the investigation, he had alleged Idris of donating cars to Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The first lady refuted the claim, urging Misau not to involve her in the allegation of corruption. Misau’s action had infuriated members of his constituency, who thought he had not acted maturely and rightly. To scold him, they resorted to pelting.
Another lawmaker, Senator Abu Ibrahim, representing Katsina South was stoned in Funtua at the weekend and the question that has continued to ruminate in the minds of Nigerian is who is the next lawmaker to be stoned?