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Binani Emerges First Elected Female Governor

• Opposition parties protest

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Senator Aisha Dahiru, popularly called Binani, has been declared the winner of the Adamawa Governorship election, making her the first elected female governor in Nigeria.

Prof. Hudu Yunus Ari, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa, declared Binani as the winner, midway into the collation of the re-run election on Sunday.

Agents and supporters of other political parties protested the declaration, which they described as funny and unacceptable.

They said the Returning Officer and not the REC, was supposed to make the announcement.

The exercise was adjourned till 11 am after results from 10 out of the 20 Local Government Areas had been declared.

However, an hour before the scheduled time, Ari announced the final result, which was greeted with shouts, such as “No, no”, and “How, how”, by the opposition.

Incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was said to be leading before Ari’s declarations.

INEC had declared the March 18 governorship election in the state inconclusive, following the cancellation of the election in 69 polling units, over reported incidents of violence and overvoting.

Fintiri then led with 421,524 votes, while Binani scored 390,275 votes, this trailing with 31,249 votes, in the first round of voting.

Attention was focused on the election in Adamawa, as many hoped Benani, who is also called ‘Maman mu’ (our mother) and ‘Uwar marayu’ (mother to the orphans), will make history as the first elected female governor in Nigeria.

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