Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, suspended indefinitely the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Adamawa State, Yusuf Hudu Ari.
Consequently, INEC has directed Ari to stay away from office till further notice.
A circular sent to the embattled REC signed by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, stated this.
The circula titled “Commission’s Directive to stay away from INEC, Adamawa State,” stated, “I hereby convey the commission’s decision that you (Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Adamawa State should stay away from the commission’s office in Adamawa State immediately until further notice.
“The Administrative Secretary has been directed to take full charge of INEC, Adamawa State with immediate effect.”
Ari had on Sunday morning in a controversial move declared Senator Aisha Dahiru, aka Binani, of the All Progressives Congress as winner of Saturday’s supplementary election in the state election.
But incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and others had swiftly protested the development.
INEC also immediately nullified the declaration and summoned the REC and other officials to the commission’s headquarters.