BREAKING: INEC suspends Adamawa REC for declaring APC’s Binani winner

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Hudu Yunusa Ari, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa, has been suspended.

The action followed the REC’s contentious announcement on Sunday, following the supplemental election.

Despite the fact that only Returning Officers are authorized to announce results, Ari declared the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Aisha Dahiru Binani, the winner.

The news provoked fury in the state and across the country, with Governor Ahmadu Fintiri accusing the REC of collaborating with a gang.

On Monday, the electoral umpire’s national headquarters instructed Ari to keep away from the commission’s office in Yola, the state capital.

INEC Secretary Rose Oriaran-Anthony directed the Administrative Secretary in Adamawa to take charge via a letter dated April 17, 2023.

“I hereby convey the Commission’s decision that you (Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Adamawa State, should refrain from visiting the Commission’s office until further notice.”

“The Administrative Secretary has been directed to take full charge of INEC, Adamawa State, with immediate effect,” according to the letter.

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