Centre for Democracy and Development and the Yiaga Africa have condemned Sunday morning declaration of Senator Aishatu Dahiru also known as Binani as winner of the Adamawa State governorship election.
This is contained in separate statements by the two different bodies on their verified twitter handles.
Resident Electoral Commission for Adamawa State, Prof. Yusuf Hudu Ari,
had declared Binani winner of the election under controversial circumstances.
This is as the state’s Collation Officer, Prof. Mohammed Mele, whose responsibility is to announce the results and declare winner was nowhere to be found.
INEC had, however, nullified the declaration and suspended the collation of the results with immediate effect.
National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, announced this on Sunday in a statement on the commission’s verified twitter handle.
“The REC, Returning Officer and all involved are hereby invited to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja immediately,” Okoye said adding that detailed statement will follow.
The CDD said it strongly condemned the announcement by the REC.
It said,, “The laws and procedures guiding Nigeria’s elections are such that only the returning officer can make such a declaration, which makes this recent announcement null and void.
“We call on @inecnigeria to immediately exercise its powers by continuing the collation process that was scheduled to resume today, sanction all erring officials who carried out this illegal announcement and ensure that results are publicly available to all citizens.
“It is important that laid down processes are adhered to avoid a breakdown of law and order in a heightened political environment. CDD will release a statement on the conduct of the elections later today,” the CDD said.
Yiaga Africa on its part said, “We’ve received reports of an illegal declaration of results by the @inecnigeria REC for #Adamawa in violation of S 64 & 65 Electoral Act 2022 & Part 3, INEC guidelines which vests the power to declare results solely on a Returning officer appointed by INEC.
“We call on @inecnigeria to nullify the illegal declaration, suspend the REC for Adamawa state and take urgent actions to protect the integrity of the process.”