Governor Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the Governorship election which was declared inconclusive, has been urged to concede defeat, to save the state unnecessary troubles.
This follows new revelation of the actual number of registered voters in 44 polling units, which is put at 34,101 as obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) records.
The elders, made the appeal separately while reacting to the new revelation confirming that Ahmed Umar Fintiri, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had won outrightly, the Governorship election which was declared inconclusive by INEC.
Boni Haruna, former Governor and one time minister of the federal republic, was the first to react, saying “we have reliably gathered that the total number of permanent voters cards collected in the 44 polling units is 31027, a figure that would not reverse Fintiri’s winning lead even after the supplementary elections in the 44 units. Just as the registered voters in the PUs is now only 34,101.
For Abdullahi Prambe, a leading political figure in the state, “we have gleaned from INEC records that 34,101 is actually the registered voters in the affected polling units, as against 40,988 declared by the state returning officer”.
Also reacting, Babachir David Lawan, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who is a chieftain of the APC, says, “the only honorable thing to do is for my party’s candidate, Governor Bindow to concede and give peace a chance.
“The next election is only four years away, Bindow can go back to the drawing board and launch himself back; therefore let’s not allow elections to cause trouble between brothers”, he stressed.
The results of the Elections as announced by INEC shows that the PDP candidate, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri won the elections by 367,472 votes as against 334,995 votes by the APC candidate.
Which is why Boni noted, ‘the margin of win by the PDP candidate is 32,476 votes’.
“While we were waiting for the outright declaration of Fintiri as to have won by a clear majority, we were taken aback with INEC’s declaration of the elections as inconclusive, on the grounds that the margin of win by PDP (32,476), was less than 40,988 in 44 polling units where the elections did not hold or were canceled.”
He added that, “The electoral body relied on section 26 and 53 of the electoral act and regulations and guidelines page17 paragraph C to justify its actions.
“We wish to state that the action by the electoral body to declare Adamawa election as inconclusive is not only absurd, but untenable, most unfortunate and unacceptable.
“We wish to state or note that the national Chairman had told the world that elections start and end at polling units.
“It is our understanding that if elections were canceled at polling units or wards collation centers, it stands cancelled.
“We therefore find it curious for the electoral body to resurrect the issue of elections results that have been cancelled at the polling units to justify its action of declaring the governorship elections as inconclusive at the level of state Collation or declaration of results.
“The position of the electoral body ordering a supplementary election on the basis that the margin of win was less that the number of cancelled results in the 44 polling units was untenable.
“This is because we have been able to establish that the number of PVC’s collected in the 44 polling units was 31,027, these are the only eligible voters if there is going to be a rerun.
“The 31,027 is far less than the number of registered voters that INEC relied upon to decline declaring PDP winner of the governorship elections.”