The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ahmed Umar Fintiri, candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner of the Adamawa State governorship election.
FIntiri polled a total of 376,552 votes to beat Jibrilla Bindow, incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who secured 336,386 votes, amounting to a margin of 40,166.
Prior to the supplementary polls on Thursday, Fintiri had polled 367,471 votes while Bindow had 334,995, leaving a margin of 32,476 votes and placing him in a quite comfortable situation, as only 40,988 votes were cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor-elect Fintiri is a former Adamawa State Governor and was also Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly in July 2014.
Thursday’s supplementary election was conducted in 14 local government areas of the state, 44 polling units in 29 Registration Areas, with a total of 40,988 registered voters.
Recall that an Adamawa State High Court, had just two days before the polls, vacated an order restraining INEC from conducting the governorship supplementary election in 44 polling units in the state.
While the poll held in other states on March 23, it suffered a setback in Adamawa as a result of a suit filed against the electoral body by the governorship candidate of the Movement for Restoration and Defence for Democracy (MRDD), Mustafa Shaba.
Shaba had sued INEC over the omission of his party’s logo on the electoral materials used in the March 9 governorship election.