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The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) has declared Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship winner in the Adamawa state governorship election.
Mr Fintiri won the by-election with 9,337 votes. He defeated his nearest rival, Aisha Dahiru, popularly called Binani, of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who came second in the polls with 6,513 votes.
Mr. Fintiri and Mrs. Dahiru are the main candidates in the government vote.
The supplementary survey was conducted in 69 polling stations in 20 local governments of the state with less than 40,000 voters.
Before the March 18 gubernatorial poll was declared undecided, Mr. Fintiri was leading by more than 30,000 votes.
For both the primary and repeat elections, the governor polled a total of 430,861 votes while the APC candidate polled 398,788 votes.
The final result was announced by the state INEC returns Mohammed Mele.
Mr. Mele, a professor, said the PDP gubernatorial candidate has fulfilled the constitutional requirement and as a result, he has returned as governor of the state.
“I, Professor Muhammed Mele, have certified that I am the returning officer for the Adamawa State Government elections. The elections were contested. The candidates received the following votes,” he said.
“Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP who has fulfilled the requirements of the law is declared the winner and returned elected.”
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Ari, on Sunday declared Mrs. Dahiru the winner of the governorship election.
Mr. Ari announced APC candidate winner election while the collection of the results of the by-elections held on Saturday was underway.
However, the INEC headquarters in Abuja declared the REC action nothingness and stopped the collection of results.
The committee also called on Abuja and thereafter barred him from the office. It is not sure if he made it to Abuja.
Also on Monday, Mrs. Dahiru he approached The Federal High Court in Abuja wants to stop INEC from nullifying his illegal declaration as governor-elect of Adamawa. The court adjourned to April 26, the day Mr. Fintiri was declared the winner, when the results of the by-elections resumed.
Meanwhile, the electoral body said it had decided to write to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba. asking to investigate and judge Mr. Ari for his behavior.
Mr. Baba, for his part, has ordered remove of the Commissioner of Police on electoral duty in Adamawa State, Mohammed Barde, for his alleged role in the illegal declaration of Mrs. Dahiru as the winner of the state governorship election on Sunday.
The IGP also ordered the Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Etim Equa, to go to Adamawa to take charge.
See by-election results below
Total registered voters 42,929
Accredited voters 16,423
A total of 15,999
Rejected votes 399
Total votes 16,398
Total election results
Total registered voters 21965666
Accredited voters 876,387
The results of the elections of March 18 and the additional elections of April 15, in total
Total valid votes 853,819
Rejected votes 15,287
Total votes 869,106
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