The Adamawa State Governorship Election Tribunal Saturday affirmed the re-election of Umaru Fintiri as duly re-elected Governor of the state in the March 2023 supplementary governorship election.
Fintiri was declared winner following a dramatic scene stage by Hudu Yunusa-Hari , the then resident electoral commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State, who declared Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the gubernatorial race.
The embattled INEC commissioner declared Binani winner of the poll when collation was still ongoing. This spurred reactions and public unrest during the election.
INEC, however, nullified Yunusa-Ari’s decision and suspended him while former President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a full investigation into the matter.
Subsequently, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Fintiri polled 430,861 votes, defeating Binani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 398,738 votes.
Binani and some other contestants had approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of the victory of Fintiri but the court on Saturday upheld the second term victory of the incumbent governor.
INEC had thereafter concluded the election and announced Fintiri as the authentic winner of the drama-filled poll.