The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday redeemed the electoral process in Adamawa State after the conclusion of collation of results and declared incumbent Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner.
In the exercise that was concluded on Tuesday evening and attended byFestus Okoye, National Commissioner for Voter Education of the Commission, INEC announced that Fintiri scored 430,869 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Aishatu Dahiru Binani, who polled 398,788
This followed the conclusion of the election which was declared inconclusive on March 18.
INEC subsequently scheduled a supplementary election for April 15 for the conclusion of the exercise.
However, the process stalled when the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa, walked into the collation centre on Sunday morning to announce Binani as the winner of the election despite suspension of collation.
Collation of the supplementary polls had commenced on Saturday following the conclusion of voting but was suspended to resume the following day at 11am.
But confusion ensued when Yunusa, aided the Commissioner of Police (CP) on election duty in the state, Mohammed Barde, announced that Binani “is the winner.”
The Commission quickly rejected the outcome and suspended collation.
At a press conference preceding the resumption of collation on Tuesday, the INEC called on the Inspector General of Police to arrest and prosecute Hudu.
The Police also suspended its commissioner on election duty in a show of denouncing his role in the act described many as inglorious and illegitimate capable of stirring up violence.
To redeem the process however, INEC suspended Hudu and dispatched Okoye to monitor the process.