Fintiri Wins Adamawa Governorship Election

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has emerged as the winner of what some may term as a drama-filled supplemental election in Adamawa State, exactly one month after the March 18 governorship elections.

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Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has emerged as the winner of what some may term as a drama-filled supplemental election in Adamawa State, exactly one month after the March 18 governorship elections.

Fintiri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, received 9,337 votes in the rerun last Saturday, beating Senator Aishatu ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who received 6,513 votes.

Fintiri received 430,861 votes overall, defeating Binani, who received 398,738 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission‘s (INEC) statement at 5:49 p.m. on Tuesday was preceded by a succession of political intrigues.

After INEC pronounced last month’s governorship race inconclusive, a supplementary election was scheduled for last Saturday.

However, as collation was ongoing on Sunday, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari, prematurely pronounced Binani the winner, in violation of the Electoral Act.

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

In the supplemental vote, results had been declared for only 10 of the 20 local government areas (LGAs), indicating Fintiri was leading, having won in seven LGAs to Binani’s three.

Ari’s proclamation was immediately followed by the APC candidate’s acceptance speech.

In response, enraged opposition members assaulted an INEC national commissioner whom they confused for the REC.

“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.

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