ADAMAWA PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IS THE VOICE OF GOD – GOV FINTIRI
FROM EMMANUEL SAMUEL, YOLA
The Adamawa State Governor elect under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has said that the voice of the people who voted for him in the just concluded 2023 Governorship general election is the voice of God.
“I congratulate my co-contenders and the leadership of their respective parties for a hard-fought contest. I therefore extend a hand of friendship to all of you. I personally, consider none of you a looser in this race. We are all winners because the people have spoken and Adamawa State has won; democracy has won”
” Welcome to Adamawa of our dreams here we decide the fate of governance by ourselves, we rise or fall together as one people, we have perfected the art of winning for our dear state, this time again we won Adamawa State won ” he reiterated.
Fintiri who defeated his All Progressives Congress APC counterpart Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Binani with a clear margin of 32073 Votes after a rerun Governorship elections held in the state on Tuesday April 18th 2023 respectively.
The returning officer, professor Mohammed Mele who declared the results of the Governorship Supplementary Polls said that the PDP candidate scored 430861 Numbers of votes to defeat his closet opponent, the All Progressives Congress APC candidate Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani who scored 398788 votes.
“Mele said Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintir of the PDP after scoring highest numbers of Votes and satisfied all the requirements for the election is here by declared the winner of the 15th February 2023 Governorship elections held in state” he concluded.
According to the Returning officer, the results for the Supplementary elections held on the 15fh April 2023 was as follows, the numbers of registered. Votes was 42929, Number of Accredited votes were 16423 . Total valid votes 15999, Rejected Votes 399 , Total votes cast is 16398
Speaking shortly after the declaration, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in his acceptance speech said “today history was made because the supporters of the PDP administration reaffirm your willingness to support the good work we have started in Adamawa state”
“It is made because we have reached a concensus that Adamawa State must work. It is made because we have collectively agreed that we desire a better Adamawa that is lifted from depths of despair to the great high of hope with the believe that while each of us is at liberty to aspire to any height without any human hindrance.”
He appreciated the Adamawa citizens for their resilience and their patience for showing maturity in the face provocative triggers that will have otherwise landed us into flames but you maintained decorum and order
“You demonstrated restraint and civility you waited patiently for INEC to announce the date for the rerun elections for the affected areas.”
However the APC Governorship Candidate Aishatu Dahiru Binani denied that she did not give anybody 2 billion naira to declare her winner of the Governorship elections
Binani disclosed this via a press statement signed by her and made available to Journalists on Tuesday
“My attention has been drawn to a very bizarre, unfounded wild allegations purportedly made by an officer of the Department of State Services to the effect that, I Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) gave out the Sum of N2billion to procure a favourable declaration as Governor-Elect to some unnamed INEC staff. I NEVER DID, I would never do such”.
“This said statement was allegedly made when the officer was being tortured at gunpoint by the agents of the Adamawa State Governor and the Government House police team alongside their political thugs.”
“I wish to reiterate that I am a democrat, I have always been a committed democrat and will never do anything to subvert democratic process. I am not do-or-die politician. In the past I have won elections into the House of Representatives and the Senate in a free and fair manner.”
“What happened in Adamawa was an unsuccessful attempt to subvert the will of the people. The REC was illegally told to stand down by two INEC national commissioners from Abuja who were supposed to be in Adamawa in a supervisory capacity.
“Even more curious is the nocturnal visit of some INEC national officers to Adamawa State Government house and bizarre declaration same day after the visit that they have taken over the collation through the backdoor, with the Collation and Returning Officers selected by the Governor of Adamawa.’ she said
Meanwhile to all my supporters both within and outside Adamawa, I wish to use this opportunity to thank you for your unflinching support, in the midst of half-truths and opposition smear propaganda.” She said