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Illegal declaration of election result: INEC suspends Adamawa REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday asked Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the resident electoral commissioner in Adamawa, to stay away from its office in the state.

In a letter signed by the secretary to the commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, said; “I hereby convey the Commission’s decision that you (Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Adamawa State should stay away from the Commission’s office in Adamawa State immediately until further notice.

“The Administrative Secretary has been directed to take full charge of INEC, Adamawa State with immediate effect.”

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The REC had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aisha Dahiru. also known as Binani as the winner of the state governorship election when results from 10 LGAs had not been announced.

INEC Letter
INEC Letter suspending Adamawa REC

Yunusa Ari, who was the REC for the gubernatorial election in Adamawa State, stirred controversy on Sunday morning when he announced Dahiru as the winner of the polls, a move that was not within his constitutionally given authority.

Asides from the announcement being a usurpation of the returning officer’s office, Ari doubly erred in that he announced the results of an election whose collation process had not been concluded, and this caused tension within the state and stirred great debate across the nation, with observers calling what transpired in Adamawa State a shame.

In a swift response, INEC declared the announcement of Binani as the winner of the Adamawa governor’s election null and void,”  adding that the pronouncement is of no effect.

Consequently, INEC suspended the collation of results of the supplementary election in Adamawa and invited the REC, the returning officer, and all officials involved to report back to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

 (omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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