Adamawa saga: I ran against INEC, enemies of democracy – Governor-elect


Adamawa State Governor-elect, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has said he contested the last Saturday governorship election in the state against Independent National Electoral Commission but against any woman.

The incumbent governor also claimed that Abuja based “enemies of democracy” were bent on imposing a new governor on the people of the state.

Fintiri made these claims while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, programme on Tuesday night, monitored by Daily Trust.

The Governor-elect who spoke via Zoom from Yola said he did not contest against Aishatu Dahiru (Binani) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but against the “whole system”.

Fintiri was Tuesday evening declared the winner of the 2023 governorship poll in Adamawa.

Declaring the results, the returning officer of the election, Professor Muhammed Mele, said the governor polled a total of 430,861 votes. Binani polled a total of 396,788 votes.

The collation was suspended on Sunday, following the unlawful declaration of Binani as the winner of the election in the state by the now-suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barr Hudu Yunusa Ari.

In his word: “I don’t think I have run against any woman in Adamawa State, I ran against enemies of democracy outside Adamawa State.

“I contested against the whole system, I contested against those who feel they own Nigeria from Abuja and they feel they can make Adamawa a scapegoat.

“Even in the election, I didn’t go into the election against the woman, I went into the election against INEC. The whole presiding officers that were conducting the election, all of them were APC members.”