In Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will complete the collation of the Adamawa supplemental governorship election.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Aisha Binani, was controversially pronounced the winner of the supplemental election on Sunday morning by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa.
Yunusa entered the collation center after the extra election was postponed on Saturday and declared Binani the winner.
However, INEC quickly rejected the REC’s stated results.
INEC spokesperson Festus Okoye told journalists: “The Commission’s attention has been drawn to a purported declaration of winner in the Adamawa Governorship election by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) even though the process has clearly not been completed.”
“The REC’s action is an infringement on the Returning Officer’s authority.” It is null and void, and has no impact.
“As a result, the collation of supplementary election results is hereby suspended.”
“The Returning Officer, the REC, and all parties involved are hereby summoned to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja immediately.”
According to a top commission official, the commission called an emergency management meeting on Sunday in response to the scandal.
Although the meeting’s specifics were unclear, a top INEC official stated that while the results will be collated at their headquarters in Abuja, the final pronouncement would undoubtedly be made in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The summoned Adamawa officials, according to the source, are scheduled to arrive in Abuja with the original results sheets and other pertinent documentation.
Another INEC national commissioner stated the commission was shocked by the Adamawa REC’s “unilateral recklessness.”
“We have yet to come to terms with the motivation behind his action,” he said. First and foremost, he (REC) has no authority to announce results. Such powers are vested in the INEC chairman who can assign whoever he deems fit.
“We are holding an emergency meeting tomorrow (Monday) to make a decision on the governorship election.”
The national commissioner also denounced their colleague’s treatment in Yola, adding, “It was despicable that a national commissioner would be stripped naked.” Where are the security personnel; there are many unanswered questions.”
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