Hundreds of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members from Kabba/Bunu constituency of Kogi State, on Sunday disowned Hon. Mathew Ojo Kolawole for mobilizing his loyalists to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.
Recall that Melaye alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello has released N200m for the ongoing move to recall him.
Melaye, whose convoy was at the weekend briefly blocked by some protesting youths who clapped and repeatedly chanted ‘Dino, ole (thief)’, has boasted that the recall will fail.
Kabba/Bunu APC youths, have, however, warned Kolawale, Majority leader of the Kogi House
of Assembly, to stop mobilising youths against the Senator and “face his dwindling political career.”
The youths have also written to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kogi State and Resident Electoral Officer, Kabba/Bunu Local Government, requesting recall forms for the removal of Kolawole.
In the letter, their spokesman, Michael Adekunle, said: “In pursuance to section 110A and B of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which empowers mandate givers to recall their member of House of Assembly whose activities fall short of expectations and not a promise keeper; we write to request for forms; to initiate process to recall Hon. Mathew kolawole, Member of Kogi State House of Assembly (KGSHA) representing Kabba/Bunu Constituency.”
“Some of the reasons responsible for our intention to invoke the recall clause bordered on insensitivity, lack of constant report of activities of the house to its constituency, failure on oversight functions and sundry behaviour unbefitting of a lawmaker.”
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The constituents, who later on Sunday stormed the state secretariat of the in Lokoja, stated that Kolawole’s days in the state’s legislature were numbered.
One of their leaders, Oladele Ojo, noted that majority of APC members in Kabba and Bunu were convinced that Kolawole was being induced by powerful forces to lead recall of Dino Melaye.
His words: “It is a gross unethical misconduct for a prominent member of the APC like him to make such a declaration on Senator Dino Melaye. If not for anything, they belong to the same party. If we allow Kolawole to go scot free, that would set a bad precedent and spell doom for APC in the future,”
“As far as I know, Kolawole cannot boast or claim to have executed constituency project that were worth N5m. For the past two years he has execute a single project in his constituency. Recalling him is the way out; e see no reason why he should be addressed as our representative,” he said.
In his remarks, Kogi APC Chairman, Alhaji Hadi Ametuo, hinted that the youths’ allegations against Kolawole would be investigated.
“We will act as requested by thousands of the constituents. You have voted him into power, he betrayed you and you disowned him. The leadership of the party will ensure that every action of misconduct must be thoroughly probed,” he assured.
Recall that Melaye and Ametuo held a joint briefing in Abuja where they asked Governor Bello to resign or be impeached over accusation that he engaged in multiple voter’s registration.