PDP’s Finitri wins Adamawa governorship election

PDP's Finitri wins Adamawa governorship election

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Umar Finitri has won the Adamawa State governorship election following the supplemenatry elections carried out in the state on thursday.

Ahmed Finitri beat his closest rival, Jibrilla Bindow, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is also the incumbent governor of Adamawa with a whooping margin of 40,166 votes to emerge winer of the state’s gubernatorial race.

PDP's Finitri wins Adamawa governorship election
Ahmed Umar Finitri

Finitri and PDP polled a total of 376,552 votes, while Bindow and the APC managed 336,386 votes.

Meanwhile, before Thursday’s supplementary election, 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).

The governor-elect, Ahmed Umar Finitri was a one time governor of Adamawa whose reign was one of the most short-lived in Nigeria.

He was Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly in July 2014 when Murtala Nyako was impeached as Governor. With his deputy, Bala Ngilari, having supposedly resigned just before the impeachment, Fintiri became Acting Governor for the three months within which the law mandated the conduct of a by-election.

He was the favourite to win the resultant by-election. However, three days before the election, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja invalidated Ngilari’s supposed resignation, saying it didn’t follow the appropriate channel as it wasn’t Nyako who accepted it. Consequently, it forbade the conduct of the election and ordered the swearing in of Ngilari as Governor.  

In a twist of event, when Fintiri secured the PDP ticket in last year’s primary, he polled 1,656 votes to beat Abubakar Waziri, former Chief Protocol Officer to former president Goodluck Jonathan, who polled 465 votes, as well as Ngilari, who could only muster 76 votes.

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