Shehu Sani, a former senator from Kaduna Central Senatorial District, responded to the announcement that Aisha Binani, a candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), had won the governorship election in Adamawa State.
News outlets had earlier claimed that Binani had been pronounced the winner by the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Hudu Yunusa.
While the results of the Saturday supplemental poll were still being tallied, Yunusa made this announcement.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disregarded Yunusa’s announcement, halted the results’ tabulation, and called the REC to Abuja.
In a statement made public on Sunday, Sani claimed that the REC’s announcement was an attempt to limit democracy.
The former lawmaker also described the action of the REC as a civilian coup.
He said, “It was obvious that the REC was out to truncate democracy in the state and by extension Nigeria if his action was allowed unchecked.
“The declaration by Adamawa REC is an equivalent of a civilian coup which stands condemnable. Our democracy can’t survive if we condone the such brazen act of criminality and brigandage.
“Our political culture and attitude to election need chemotherapy. The dangerous trend in our electoral system has gone beyond the culture of violence, vote buying and falsification of results to the most obnoxiously and brazenly crude phase of taking over the collation centre, seizing the mic and illegally declaring the results of an election.”
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