Senator Bukola Saraki, president of Senate, has assured his colleague and Man Friday, Senator Dino Melaye his constituents efforts at recalling the latter would fail. Earlier, Melaye at the Tuesday plenary sought his colleagues help in stopping his recall, to which Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu assured the lawmaker the effort would come to naught.
Senator Ekweremadu likened recall process to impeachment to stress its cumbersomeness.
He said debating the matter at plenary would amount to waste of “precious legislative time”.
“What is happening in Kogi, in respect of Senator Dino Melaye, as far as this constitution is concerned, it is an exercise in futility. They are just wasting precious time because the constitution is clear on what should happen,” Ekweremadu said.
“It is possible that the attorney-general of Kogi state has not advised them properly. If he had done that, I am sure they would have applied their time to more meaningful ventures in the state. The process of recall is the equivalent of impeachment of executive positions.
“To avoid the abuse of impeachment, they made it very strict, provisions and procedures were made on how impeachment can take place. That is why people are not taking that route of removing governors by impeachment.
“In 2010, this parliament amended the constitution regarding section 69. It states that the number of those who are supposed to have requested his (Melaye) recall are supposed to line up somewhere in Kogi, while Melaye and his lawyers and each person would verify their signature.
“When they are done with that, they go back to section 68 which states that the president of the senate receives from the chairman of INEC the recall of the member. They would also present evidence satisfactory to the house. So, they need to come back here and convince each and every one of us that they have done the correct thing. Unless they do that, they cannot even give effect to it. So, why are we wasting our time? Let us move on and allow them to waste their time.”
Capping the debate, Saraki said, “As they say, 10 years is no joke in leadership (referring to Ekweremadu). The deputy president of the senate has explained the processes. Let the process speak for itself,” Saraki said.
“I really don’t know why a lot of efforts are being wasted on this issue. These efforts should have gone on more important things. Eventually, it must come back here for us to certify whether it is satisfactory.”
Aggrieved constituents from Kogi West senatorial district have compiled the constitutionally required signatures to kick-start the recall of the senator and submitted same to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the senator’s recall.