Aisha Binani, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor in Adamawa State, has accepted the contentious outcome of the governorship election.
Recall that Hudu Yunusa, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, pronounced Binani the victor in a contentious manner on Sunday morning.
After the extra election was called off on Saturday, Yunusa entered the collation center and declared Binani the victor.
Binani made an acceptance speech to the newsmen after Yunusa’s announcement.
She praised President Muhammadu Buhari in her speech for “making history” by ensuring that the first elected female governor was appointed under his presidency.
She said, “President Muhammadu Buhari, you have made history in electing the first female governor in our country Nigeria.
“This would no doubt broaden political participation by encouraging our daughters, sisters, aunties, mothers, and indeed the girl child” to take active part in politics.”
But in a swift reaction, INEC rejected the results declared by the REC.
In a statement to journalists, INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said: “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a purported declaration of winner in the Adamawa Governorship election by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) even when the process has clearly not been concluded.
“The action of the REC is a usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer. It is null, void and of no effect.
“Consequently, the collation of results of the supplementary election is hereby suspended.
“The REC, Returning Officer and all involved are hereby invited to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja immediately.”
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