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Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

- The process to recall Senator Dino Melaye has started

- The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District is at loggerheads with political leaders in Kogi state

- The process which started on Saturday, June 10 is already gathering momentum

The process to recall the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye has started.

The process kicked off on Saturday, June 10 in all the seven local government areas of the district with hundreds of constituents queuing to sign the referendum on Melaye's recall from the Nigerian Senate.

Large crowds were seen taking their turns, with their voter's card in hand, to sign the register. The local government councils in the area are Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Mopa Amuro, Yagba East and Yagba West.

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

Kogi West constituents append their signatures to recall Senator Dino Melaye

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A visit to the Senator's polling unit in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu LGA saw a huge turn out, led by the administrator, Taofiq Isa.

At the Odo Ape Market Square polling unit, most of the signees were non-indegenes, who berated the senator for failing in his promises to them and deserting them after the 2015 elections.

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

Both the young and old are involved in the process

The leader of the youths in the community, Muhammad Danjuma said: “We gave Dino full support in 2015 because we love APC and President Buhari. But now, Dino got there and has been insulting the president. He has shown no respect to the party, no respect to the national leader, Bola Tinubu, and no respect to us.

“He abandoned us after the election and has not bothered to see us since. We have made many attempts to reach him but he refused. We are tired of his arrogance.”

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

Constituents in Odo Ape area joining the process

On his part, a community leader in Odo Ere, Yagba West Local Government Area, Mr. Korede Alabi, described Senator Melaye as lacking in class and a "garage guy."

His words: “He talks like a garage guy and our people are determined to recall him from that National Assembly..

“You can see the large crowd here. We sent signals to him but he has never been to this Yagba West. He nearly slapped Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He must be recalled!”

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

The people of the senatorial district say they are tired of Senator Melaye

At Ward 08 Polling Unit, Yagba East LGA, the turn out was also considerable, while it was a carnival affair in Iyara, the hometown of Senator Smart Adeyemi, the immediate past senator of the zone.

The process is expected to last for four days.

Referendum to recall Senator Dino Melaye kicks off in Kogi West (photos)

The long queue of constituents waiting to participate in the referendum

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Meanwhile, Melaye has been lambasted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in its latest issue of ‘EFCC Alert’, a magazine published by the commission every quarter.

In a write-up titled, ‘Dino-Melaye, what manner of anti-graft crusader’, Melaye’s rise to the Senate was queried in pages 8, 9 and 10 of the publication.

Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a summary of some of the incidents that recently happened in Nigeria including Melaye's case:

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