Adamawa REC’s action, a Coup — Labour Party


The Labour Party has described the impromper behaviour of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa-Ari as a military coup deserving of just punishment.

Yunusa-Ari in his own wisdom and against the electoral law usurped the powers of the Returning Officer in the middle of collation of results, and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani as winner.

The declaration met with objection from several quarters including the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The latter immediately overturned the decision and later announced the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Fintiri as winner.

The electoral body has also acquainted President Muhammadu Buhari with the REC’s wrongdoing through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and equally wrote the Inspector General of Police on the subject.

To Labour Party, Yunusa-Ari”s act equates to military coup and not being in police custody by now leaves much to be desired.

The party Presidential Campaign Council spokesperson, Yunusa Tanko, stated this in an interview with Punchng saying, “To be quite honest with you, that man (REC) should have been arrested. He should have been in detention. What that man did was just like a coup?

“For him to be walking around freely means the police have not done their job. If there is a warrant for arrest on him, he should have been in detention. Anyway, you know it is the civil service. Perhaps, they want to treat the issue with due diligence.”

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