The Adamawa State governorship election has been ruled inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Senator Aishatu Dahiru, also referred to as “Binani,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, received 390,275 votes, while Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the incumbent and PDP candidate, received 421,524 votes.
However, INEC declared the election inconclusive due to the margin of votes.
Recall that the Returning Officer, Prof Muhammed Mele of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, had earlier rejected the manual result sheet from the Fufore Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
While the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 26,329 and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 21,721 in the result sheet, the INEC’s Result Viewing Portal (IReV) showed that the APC got 24,777 votes, and the PDP 20, 777.
But the collation officials rejected the results as declared by the local government returning officer and accepted that of the IReV as authentic one. They say the results as declared by the Fufore LGA returning officer did not tally with that on the IREV portal.
The final results are now being compiled in preparation for the winner’s announcement. With this outcome, Gov. Umaru Fintiri has won 13 LGAs out of the state’s 21 LGAs, while APC candidate Aisha Binani got eight.
The APC agents grumbled about the outcomes and were instructed to file their complaints through the proper channels.