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INEC declares PDP candidate, Fintiri winner, gov elect of Adamawa, ending uncertainty in the state

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri as the winner of the supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State.

The state returning officer, Mohammed Mele who made the announcement said Fintiri, who is the incumbent governor of the state, scored a total of 430,861 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aisha Binani Dahiru, who got 396,788 votes.

In last Saturday’s rerun, Fintiri, the candidate of the PDP, polled 9,337 votes, beating Dahiru of the APC, who scored 6,513 votes.

The announcement by the INEC at 5:49 p.m. on Tuesday put an end to the controversy that earlier attended the conduct of the election in the state.

At the end of the March 18 election, the electoral umpire declared the exercise inconclusive and later slated a supplementary election last Saturday.

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However, on Sunday, as collation was underway, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari, prematurely declared Dahiru the winner, contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2022, empowers only the returning officer to announce the result and declare the winner of an election at the state collation center in the case of the election of a governor of a state.

Incidentally, results had been declared for only 10 of the 20 local government areas (LGAs) in the supplementary poll, which indicated Fintiri was leading, having won in seven LGAs next to Binani’s three.

The declaration by Ari was quickly followed by an acceptance speech by the APC candidate.

In response, irate opposition members took their anger out on an INEC national commissioner, whom they mistook for the REC, assaulting him.

“A former vice chancellor of Usman Dan Fodio University, a senior citizen, was stripped naked and dragged. This commission will not allow that to stand,” INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said in a strongly worded statement.

He also urged the security agencies to unmask those behind that particular act.

“They must be arrested, they must be investigated, and they must be prosecuted. A national commissioner cannot be treated as if he or she is a common criminal,” he said.

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

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