*No Retreat, No Surrender, They Say
By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Aggrieved Kogi West Constituents have said there is no retreat and no surrender in their quest to recall the Senator representing the constituency, the controversial Dino Melaye.
Addressing newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday, the leader of the group, Hon. Olowo Cornelius, urged the Senator should be patient for the verification exercise to know whether or not those he claimed were dead or alive.
The group also debunked the existence of Okun Development Initiative (ODI), stressing that the only known Assocition that speaks on Okun affairs is Okun Development Association (ODA).
Olowo, however, pointed out the group would continue to pile pressure on Senator Dino Melaye, adding that the recall exercise had yielding positive results to the people of the constituency.
He said the lawmaker had been forced to buy four cars, which he distributed to the people in constituency, saying also that other strategic contracts had been awarded and contractor mobilized to site.
The former APC candidate for Ijumu Constituency seat in Kogi State House Assembly stated that if the electorate did not commence the recall process, these monies would have been diverted.
The group, who was reacting to a newspaper report, stated that Okun Development Initiative is a strange and an unknown association in Okun Land.
“The Only recognized Association serving as uumbrella for all Okun is Okun Development Association (ODA), under the leadership of Ambassador Paul B.Fadunmiyo .Therefore, the aforementioned individuals are respected individuals whose names should not be used to give credit to press statement.
“We are aware of the counter online media publication through Sahara reporters by some Okun Leaders mentioned by ODI to the fact that they were never contacted nor did they make any press statement to any individual or organisation on Senator Dino Melaye recall exercise
“The recall exercise of Senator Dino Melaye was entirely initiated and is being pursued by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District, having had enough of Senator Dino’s unbearable utterances, conduct and misbehaviour, both in and out of the hallowed chamber of the National Assembly, coupled with total disconnection from the people he claimed to represent. It is therefore a deliberate falsehood for anyone to allege that the initiator of recall exercise are not from Kogi West,”, he said.