Court Affirms Fintiri as Adamawa Governor, Dismisses APC's Aishatu Binani's Appeal  - The Top Society

Court Affirms Fintiri as Adamawa Governor, Dismisses APC’s Aishatu Binani’s Appeal 

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld Ahmadu Fintiri’s position as the Governor of Adamawa State, dismissing the appeal of Aishatu Binani from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The judgment, prepared by Justice Tunde Awotoye and delivered by Justice Ebiowei Tobi, deemed Binani’s appeal lacking in merit and awarded a cost of N500,000 in favor of Fintiri and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Binani.

The Appellate Court expressed strong disapproval of the premature announcement of the election outcome by Resident Electoral Commissioner Hudu Ari. The court asserted that Binani’s appeal was marred by irregularities and emphasized the illegality of Ari’s action in announcing Binani as the winner, a power reserved only for the Returning Officer by law.

This ruling echoes the decision of the Tribunal on October 28, which dismissed Binani’s petition for failing to substantiate allegations of over-voting, as she did not provide the necessary documents to support her case challenging the election results.

The background to this legal battle traces back to the March 18 governorship elections, where Fintiri emerged victorious after a contentious supplementary election. Fintiri secured 9,337 votes, surpassing Senator Binani, who scored 6,513 votes.

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The drama escalated when Ari prematurely declared Binani as the winner a day before Fintiri’s official declaration, violating Section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2022. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) swiftly denounced Ari’s announcement, suspending the collation of results and initiating disciplinary actions. INEC emphasized that only the Returning Officer had the authority to declare the election results.

In response to her invalidated declaration, Binani approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to prevent INEC from nullifying her victory. She contested the cancellation, attributing it to crises instigated by the PDP and Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, asserting that INEC lacked the authority to annul her declaration.

Before the court proceedings, Binani vehemently denied allegations of bribery, describing them as “bizarre.” She refuted claims of offering N2 billion to INEC staff, including Resident Electoral Commissioner Hudu Yunusa Ari, to secure a favorable outcome.

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