Ahmadu Fintiri , the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party’s, PDP, candidate, has been declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Andrew Haruna, at 00:33 am on Friday, March 29, 2019, bringing to a conclusion a dramatic collation process.
The Returning Officer said Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, scored 113,237 votes to place third, followed by Emmanuel Bello of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, who garnered 29,792 votes.
According to the Returning Officer, the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the PDP and the APC candidates was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.
He explained that he was constrained to return a winner by such a situation and therefore declared the election inconclusive.
But for a suit filed by one of the governorship candidates, the Adamawa supplementary election would have held on Saturday.
Mustafa Shaba, the governorship candidate of the Movement For Restoration and Defense for Democracy, MRDD, had sued the commission over the absence of his party’s logo on the electoral materials for the March 9, 2019, election that was declared inconclusive.
A federal high court in Abuja which had stopped the elections initially later asked INEC to procceed with it.
Bindow is the second sitting governor to have lost his reelection bid in 2019. Bala Mohammed of the PDP, unseated Mohammed Abubakar of APC on Saturday.
The Adamawa governor-elect was speaker of the state assembly. He served as acting governor when Murtala Nyako was impeached in 2014.