INEC Suspends Adamawa REC For Unlawfully Declaring APC’s Binani Winner Of Gov Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has suspended the Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Adamawa, Hudu Yunusa Ari.

A letter dated April 17, 2023, and signed by INEC Secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, directed the Administrative Secretary in Adamawa to take charge.

The followed the REC’s controversial declaration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Aisha Dahiru Binani as the winner of Adamawa gubernatorial election on Sunday, despite the fact that results were still being collated.

This aside, only Returning Officers have the power to announce election results.

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

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

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

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