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General News of Tuesday, 21 March 2023


INEC declares Adamawa gov poll inconclusive

Ahmadu Fintiri and Aishatu Dahiru Ahmadu Fintiri and Aishatu Dahiru

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election held last Saturday in Adamawa State inconclusive.

The election umpire said its decision was due to the margin of votes recorded in the election by the contestants.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Senator Aishatu Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, scored 390, 275 while the incumbent governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Fintiri, polled 421,524.

The State Collation Officer, Prof. Mohammed Mele, said there were 69 polling units where elections were cancelled and therefore affected no fewer than 37,016 potential voters with PVCs in those units.

The APC agent at the collation centre, Usman Maulud, rejected the outcome of the polls.

The PDP agent, Dr. Aliyu Idi-Hong, who kicked against the declaration of the election as inconclusive claimed the grounds relied on by the returning officer in declaring the results as inconclusive was not tenable.

According to him, those affected were not more than 7,000 registered voters in the areas where elections were cancelled and the cancellation were purely based on over-voting.

He, therefore, lamented that there had been deliberate collusion by the APC and INEC officials to steal the elections in Adamawa at all costs.

“Their notion of inconclusive is criminal. It is deliberate collusion and it also proved one thing that this election result has always been decreed to be stolen,” Hong said.