Why I Declared Binani Winner, Suspended Adamawa REC Finally Spills Real Truth

Why I Declared Binani Winner, Suspended Adamawa REC Finally Spills Real Truth

  • Suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Adamawa state, Hudu Yunusa Ari, has thrown light on what led to his declaring the APC candidate, Aishatu Dahiru Binani winner
  • According to Ari, a lawyer, he announced the results of 69 polling units in the April 15 supplementary election due to security pressure
  • The suspended REC stated this in a letter to the IGP explaining his part in the controversial April 16 announcement of Binani as the winner ahead of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP

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The suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Adamawa state, Hudu Yunusa Ari, a lawyer, has explained what really led to his urgent declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the governorship election in the state.

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Ari noted that he announced the results of the 69 polling units in the Saturday, April 15 supplementary election due to security pressure, Daily Trust report noted.

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Ari made this disclosure through a letter he wrote to the Inspector General of Police explaining his part in the controversial matter, which put the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Aishatu Ahmed (Binani) as winner against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri, The Nation report further confirmed.

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In the letter, which was copied to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ari stated he acted within the ambit of the law to avert the danger of the delay in announcing the results, especially because he realised that the results brought by the presiding officers from the 69 polling units, which he did not sign, differed from those uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.

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Buhari, in a veiled message, described Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party, who are major oppositions, as victims of over-confidence.

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Adamawa poll: "The declaration was unconstitutional and wrong" - APC chieftain

Mr. Williams Dakwom, a member of the APC presidential campaign council (PCC) in Plateau state, has reacted to the controversy surrounding the Adamawa state governorship election.

The APC chieftain in a chat with Legit.ng on Sunday, April 23, disclosed the declaration of the All Progressives Congress, APC), governorship candidate in Adamawa, Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani) by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa Ari, was wrong but the timely intervention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was key.

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He said,

"The declaration was unconstitutional so it was wrong, and the immediate intervention of INEC was timely. And she didn't play a role of a democrat by abiding by the mandate of her citizen if truly she's a true democrat; not to impose yourself on the people by any other means."

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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