INEC Declares Fintiri Winner of Adamawa Governorship Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared incumbent governor, Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Adamawa State governorship election, after a protracted collation exercise.
Fintiri was re-elected after polling a total of 430,861 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate, Aisha Binani who got 398,738 votes.
The governorship poll was declared inconclusive last month with Fintiri in the lead, and a supplementary election was conducted on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
However, INEC suspended collation of results on Sunday after the controversial pronouncement of Binani as winner by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, Hudu Yunusa Ari, while the process was yet to be concluded.
Ari made the pronouncement despite not having the jurisdiction to do so; an usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer who is responsible for announcing results, prompting INEC to void the declaration of Binani as governor-elect.