Senator Dino Melaye who is facing a recall from the Senate by his constituency in Kogi State has faulted the signatories to the recall petition.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed July 3 for the authentication of the signature of 188,000 eligible voters in Kogi West senatorial district seeking his recall from the senate.
But Melaye in a statement by his aide, Abubakar Sadiq, alleges that names of people who were already dead were on the list of the signatories.
The senator also said that only 111,000 people voted in the 2015 senatorial poll in Kogi West senatorial district, whereas about 188,000 signed a petition seeking his recall.
He insisted on his allegation that his recall was plotted by Governor Yahaya Bello at the Government House in Lokoja.
According to him, the name of a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state, late Rotimi Obadofin precisely from Iya-Gbede axis was on the list.
“Let me also sound authoritatively that here in Lokoja Local Government Council, several others whose names and signatures appeared on the list of the signatories to this failed exercise were identified and known to us as being dead long before now.
“Such people like late Abdullahi Abubakar, his immediate younger sister late Halima Lawal Abubakar and Ibrahim Adama of Unit Code 021, Adankolo Ring Road in Ward ‘A’, Lokoja Local Government Council.
“Also, one late Salihu Black of Gegu-Beki town, Kogi Local Government Council who until his death was a biology teacher in Government Secondary School, Koton-Karfe, also appended his signature on the recall list.
“This recall exercise was hatched in Kogi Government House due to the manner in which Senator Dino Melaye consistently challenges and engages the government over non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners for over 15 months; and also the constant closure of tertiary institutions,” he stated.