The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, insisted it would go ahead with the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, as they have not been served any court ruling or process.
The recall process is expected to begin on Monday, July 10.
It would be recalled that Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Thursday, rejected Melaye’s ex-parte motion for a temporary injunction to restrain INEC from proceeding with the recall process.
Melaye had his lawyer filed a suit after some of his constituents initiated his recall process from the upper legislative chamber.
The senator had requested the court to declare the petition submitted to INEC as illegal and unconstitutional. He also asked the court to nullify the recall, saying it breached his rights.
justice Tsoho asked the parties to maintain the status quo, pending the hearing of the Motion on Notice.
A top official of the electoral commission told The Nation that the recall process will go ahead.
“As at the close of work, we were not served any order, ruling or a process from the Federal High Court.
“Even if we had received any order from the court, our legal unit will still advise us on what the status quo means. We cannot act in a vacuum.
“Certainly, we are adhering to our timetable on the recall process. We are going ahead from Monday.
Anytime we get a court order to stop the process, we will comply immediately,” the source said.
According to the timetable released by the INEC for Melaye’s recall, the process will run from July 10 to August 19.