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Fintiri Declared Winner of Adamawa Gov’ship Poll

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The incumbent Governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Fintiri, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been announced as the winner of the state gubernatorial election.

He scored 430, 861 votes to defeat his closest contender, Aisha Dahiri, popularly called Binani, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 398,788 votes.

In the supplementary poll held on Saturday, Fintiri garnered 9,337 votes, while Binani recorded 6,513 votes.

The final results were announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Mele, after the collation of the votes of the supplementary election ended on Tuesday.

The initial collation was suspended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday.

Barr. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education of the commission, had announced the suspension, after Barr. Hudu Yunus Ari, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Adamawa, announced Binani as the winner.

Okoye had described the action as “null, void and of no effect,” saying the action of the REC was a usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer.

He noted that the declaration was made even “when the process has clearly not been concluded, adding that “Consequently, the collation of results of the supplementary election is hereby suspended.

“The REC, Returning Officer and all involved are hereby invited to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja immediately,” Okoye said.

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

INEC, after a meeting held in Abuja on Monday, to review the events that led to the suspension, decided to write the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to commence the immediate investigation and possible prosecution of Ari.

It has also requested the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, to draw the attention of the appointing authority to the unwholesome behaviour of the REC for further action.

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