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Adamawa guber: Confusion trails declaration of Binani as winner, INEC suspends collation of results

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Confusion has trailed the declaration of Sen. Aishatu Binani, as the governor-elect after the supplementary election held on Saturday in Adamawa State.

Mr Hudu Yunusa, the Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), announced Binani, candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner while collation of results was still ongoing at the INEC collation center in Yola.

According to him, Binani has scored the highest number of votes hence his decision to declare her as the winner.

Yunusa, however, did not provide the data or the results with which she won the election.

“The APC scored the highest votes going by that Aishatu Binani is hereby declared as the elected governor of Adamawa State,” he said.

Dr Aliyu Idi Hong, the agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the collation center, has described the declaration as baseless and of no binding effect, pointing out that only a Returning Officer and not the REC has the powers under the Electoral Act to declare results.

“We call on INEC to hasten sanctioning the Resident Electoral Commissioner for causing deliberate infraction” Hong said.

INEC fumes, seeks adequate security for officers

Meanwhile, INEC headquarters has pronounced the declaration as null and void and suspended collation of the results indefinitely. 

INEC called on security agencies to provide adequate security for its two national commissioners and officers deployed to Adamawa for the state supplementary governorship election.

The commission made the call in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja on Sunday.

The commission had earlier suspended result collation in the state, declaring the purported declared result by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Hudu Yunusa-Ari, as null and void.

Okoye, who said that the commission was disturbed by the harassment of its officers in the state, warned that nothing should happen to its officers in the state.

“The Commission is deeply disturbed by the harassment of our two National Commissioners deployed to the State to ensure a peaceful and credible supplementary election.

“We urge the security agencies to provide them with necessary security and ensure that nothing untoward befalls them.

“The two National Commissioners, the Returning Officer and other staff of the Commission must be allowed to perform their duties without let or hindrance.”

Okoye said that INEC would not condone any act of lawlessness or brigandage targeted at its officials or the process of the election in the state.

Okoye had earlier refuted the purported declaration of the result by its REC in the Adamawa State Governorship election, Yunusa-Ari

Okoye said that the action of the REC is a usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer and therefore null, void and of no effect.

“Consequently, the collation of the result of the supplementary election held yesterday April 15 is suspended forthwith.

“The REC for Adamawa State and all other officials involved in the process are hereby directed to report immediately to INEC headquarters in Abuja.”

Ari had declared Binani as winner midway into the collation.

Reports indicate that results from 10 out of the 20 local government areas had been declared while the exercise was adjourned till 11am.

However, Ari announced the final result an hour before the scheduled time.

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