THE governor of Adamawa state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 governorship election, Ahmadu Fintiri, has described the action of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner as “provocative and illegal.”
Fintiri said the decision of the REC, Yunusa Ari, to declare a winner in the governorship supplementary election when the collation of results was not yet concluded was an action that should not be ignored.
The supplementary election had held on Saturday, April 15, and Ari had on the afternoon of Sunday, April 16 declared Binani as the winner. But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) quickly declared Ari’s declaration as null and void.
Fintiri, addressing journalists today at a press conference at the state house in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter.
“We call on him to make a statement. We call on him to take a decision. I believe he will not be a party to this,” he said.
Ari’s declaration was made midway into the collation of results, when only results from 10 of the 20 local governments where supplementary polls were held had been announced and the exercise was not yet concluded.
ICIR reported that shortly after the declaration, the INEC national commissioner Festus Okoye nullified Ari’s position, saying the REC was not the qualified INEC official to announce the result.
The commission also suspended the collation of results and invited Ari, the returning officer and all those involved in the collation process to its headquarters in Abuja.