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N100m, not N50b spent on Melaye’s recall, says INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it spent only N100million on the failed attempt to recall Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly as against N50billion alleged by Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC disclosed this on Friday while responding to a question posed by a reporter at a press conference in Abuja.
He said the figure was nowhere near the N50billion being bandied by the PDP.
According to him, a recall exercise is just like conducting a Senatorial election, adding that Kogi-West which Melaye represents, has 552 polling units and seven local governments.
Attempt to recall Melaye from the Senate failed after only 5.34 percent signatures of the petitioners was verified, way less than the 50 percent plus one that is required by the constitution and the electoral act to recall a sitting lawmaker.
The INEC boss said ad hoc staff were deployed in all the polling units.
Speaking on the incidence of underage voters’ in the last local government elections conducted in Kano State, INEC Chairman said, “after examining some of the images in circulation, the Committee found that they have been available long before the Kano State LGA election.
“The few images and Videos clips from Kano show no accreditation of Voters or any relationship with the Register of Voters.”
He said the INEC voters register was not used to accredit voters before voting during the controversial election.
“Given that the register was substantially not used to accredit Voters before voting, it is logical to conclude that if underaged voting occurred in the election, it was NOT due to any presence of underaged registrants on the Register of Voters.”
He said though stakeholders and a political party have taken to social media to condemn the problem of underaged voters in Kano, no formal complaint has been submitted by any individual or group to the Commission concerning it.
“I must note that till date, not a single formal complaint on this matter has been received by the Commission.
“Rather some stakeholders, including a political party, have taken to media to criticize INEC and in some cases to impugn the integrity of the National Register of of Voters.” He said