Bauchi Cleric Chides Adamawa REC, Reveals Previous Conversation

Sheikh Abdulaziz Idris, a Bauchi-based Islamic cleric has described Yunusa Hudu Ari, the embattled Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State as a disgrace to the people of Bauchi State and his local government of origin, Ningi.

Adamawa became chaotic yesterday when Ari, declared All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru Binani the governor-elect after a rerun election. At the time, results were still being collated.

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The cleric who is equally under fire for “blaspheming” the personality of the Holy Prophet of Islam, further criticised the REC for undermining the constitution and the electoral act provision.

In his daily Ramadan sermon (Tafsir), Idris revealed how a previous conversation he had with the REC when the latter was posted to Adamawa State to serve in the capacity.

He claimed he had told Ari to fear God and do justice to all people irrespective of religion and tribe.

“I’m admonishing you to fear God, consider your age, you barely have many years to spend on earth, you can look around, how many of your mates are alive? Remember the deadly disease you were affected with. Remember you will meet with God on the day of reckoning.

“For this reason do not go your own way, fear God by doing the right thing, and don’t allow anyone to use you for his or her selfish reasons or someone else uses for other people’s (s) interest. If you do that remember you will meet God soon, know this whatever you will get, you will never enjoy it. All I’m saying is fear God,” the cleric recounted an SMS he sent to Ari.

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But the REC, according to Sheikh Idris, responded in surprise.

”May God protect us all from wicked and evil leaders,” Sheikh Idris quoted the REC to have said.

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Although INEC had intervened following the REC’s announcement declaring Binani the governor-elect, Adamawa is still tensed at press time.

WikkiTimes had earlier reported that supporters of the incumbent Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, stormed INEC’s office to demand for justice.

They believed their candidate’s mandate had been stolen. “Give us our mandate, Fintiri won,” the protesters chorused.


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