Governor-elect of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri has been given his Certificate of Return.
THE PUNCH reports that the Governor-elect of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, and the deputy governor-elect, Prof Kaletapwa Farauta, have received their Certificates of Return in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission presented the certificates to the newly re-elected governor and his new deputy around 5pm on Wednesday at its national headquarters.
The PUNCH reports that the Returning Officer, Muhammed Melee, declared Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party winner on Tuesday after polling 430,861 votes to defeat his major counterpart Aisha Binani of the All Progressives Congress who polled 398,788.
INEC reopened the collation centre for the supplementary election results on Tuesday. The supplementary election held in the state on Saturday, April 15, after the election of March 18 was declared inconclusive by INEC, following certain irregularities.
The collation exercise in the state was stopped on Sunday after the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa-Ari declared Binani, the winner of the election, which led the commission on Monday to ask Yunusa-Ari to stay away from the office.
In his acceptance speech after being declared winner, the governor-elect said he was “humbled the more.”
While congratulating his co-contenders for their struggle in the governorship race, Fintiri condemned the action of Hudu who had earlier declared Binani as the winner of the election.
While saying the action of the REC “fell below expectation,” he thanked the people of Adamawa “for voting for continuity.”