Ex-governor Boni Haruna speaks on Adamawa election, urges INEC to declare PDP winner

Ex-governor Boni Haruna speaks on Adamawa election, urges INEC to declare PDP winner

- The INEC has been asked to declare the winner of Adamawa state gubernatorial election

- According to a chieftain of the PDP, the candidate of his party won the polls with a wide margin of 32,476 votes

- Recall that the commission had earlier declared the election as inconclusive, promising to announce a new date for a rerun

Former governor and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Boni Haruna, has spoken about the Adamawa state gubernatorial elections, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the winner of the poll because his party candidate won with a wide margin of 32,476 votes.

Reports by Leadership claimed that Haruna said INEC has been holding meetings with the All Progressives Congress elements, adding that it is contrary to laid down rules.

He said anything short of declaring Ahmadu Fintiri as the winner of the election would spell doom for the state as the people who voted the PDP candidate are ready to defend their votes with their last blood.

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The former governor said a rerun in 44 polling units in the state was not in consonant with the electoral law because the winner takes the lead with 32,476 votes.

"We are calling on the INEC to declare the PDP candidate as the gubernatorial winner of the contest which held on March 9, 2019 as any attempt to thwart that victory would be costly.

“The 44 units INEC relied upon to declare the elections inconclusive is null and void based on the electoral law section in section 54 of the electoral Act this is because the PVCs collected are lesser in the 44 units.

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“How would the rerun affect the fortunes of the PDP there was therefore no basis for ordering the rerun and we reject the rerun we demand that INEC rescinds its decision and declare Fintiri winner of the elections," he said.

The former governor added that President Buhari had urged all Nigerians to vote people of their choices therefore Adamawa state people have spoken with majority of the votes in favour of the PDP and INEC should respect the wishes of the people.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC declared the Adamawa governorship election was inconclusive and that a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

The Returning Officer Prof. Andrew Haruna confirmed the development at the governorship election collation centre in Yola on Monday, March 11.

Haruna said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.

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