BREAKING: Tribunal Gives Verdict on Fintiri’s Election as Adamawa Governor

BREAKING: Tribunal Gives Verdict on Fintiri’s Election as Adamawa Governor

  • The Adamawa state governorship election tribunal has upheld the election of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the legitimate governor of the state in the March 2023 governorship election
  • Fintiri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured a second term by defeating Aisha 'Binani' Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a closely contested election
  • While the tribunal's decision affirms Fintiri's election, the petitioners still have the option to seek redress through the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court

Yola, Adamawa state - The Adamawa state governorship election tribunal has affirmed the election of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the duly elected governor of the northern state in the March 2023 governorship election.

The tribunal gave the verdict on the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor on Saturday, October 28.

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Adamawa state governor/Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri/tribunal
Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, wins at the tribunal. Photo credit: @GovernorAUF
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Adamawa guber 2023: How Fintiri emerged winner

Legit.ng recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared incumbent Fintiri as the winner of the Adamawa governorship election which dragged into a supplementary poll and featured some controversial moments.

Fintiri eventually emerged as the winner, polling 430,861 votes to defeat Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 398,738 votes.

Binani and some other candidates in the election had approached the Tribunal seeking the nullification of Governor Fintiri's victory.

However, the court on Saturday upheld Fintiri's election, paving the way for his second term. Nevertheless, the petitioners can still approach the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to seek redress.

Grateful for the tribunal's verdict - Fintiri reacts

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri, in an X post, said he is grateful for the judgment of the tribunal which affirmed his election.

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"Grateful for the tribunal's verdict – a triumph of justice! To my fellow candidates who fought valiantly but didn't prevail, I extend an olive branch and urge everyone to leave divisive comments behind," he posted.
"Let's unite and soar on the wings of progress, building a brighter future for Adamawa together."

Governor Alex Otti wins at appeal court

In another report, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State secured another victory at the court of appeal sitting in Kano, barely two weeks after the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in his state upheld his election in the March 18 governorship poll.

In its ruling on Friday, October 20, the appeal court dismissed the verdict delivered by the Federal High Court sitting in Kano, which reportedly sacked the Abia governor.

The appellate court faulted the trial court's hasty hearing and determination of the suit. It ruled that the federal high court gave its verdict without joining the necessary parties who were the real targets of the claim in the case.

Source: Legit.ng

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