- The APC candidate in the just-ended Adamawa guber poll, Aishatu Binani, has denied bribing INEC REC with N2bn
- The embattled REC, Hudu Yunusa Ari, had, on Sunday, declared Binani as the winner of the poll while the collation of the supplementary election results was ongoing
- Binani alleged that an operative of the DSS and security attached to the Adamawa state government house were behind the rumour of a bribe
FCT, Abuja - Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani), the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded Adamawa Governorship election, has denied giving a N2 billion bribe to controversial Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari.
Recall that Ari, in a dramatic move, declared Binani as the governor-elect on Sunday, April 16, while the collation of the guber poll results was ongoing, and in the absence of the returning officer who has the constitutional right to make the declaration, The Nation reported.
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According to her, an operative of the Department of State Service (DSS), agents of the state government and the police in the government house police are behind the allegations against her.
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She maintained that she remains a democrat that would never do anything to revert a democratic process.
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The outgoing senator, in a statement on Tuesday, April 18, stressed that she won her House of Representatives and Senate seat via a free and fair election.
Her statement reads in part:
“My attention has been drawn to a very bizarre, unfounded wild allegations purportedly made by an officer of the Department of State Services to the effort that, I senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) gave out the sum of N2billion to procure a favourable declaration as governor-elect to some unnamed INEC staff. I never did; I would never do such."
INEC resumes Adamawa governorship election results collation
Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC had resumed collating Adamawa Saturday's supplementary governor election results barely 48 hours after the suspension.
The resumption of the exercise commenced under tight security at the state collation centre in Yola, Adamawa's capital.
Present at the centre was the returning officer, Mohammed Mele, the national spokesperson of INEC, Festus Okoye and other top officials of the commission in the state.