The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared as null and void the announcement of Sen. Aisha Binani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the Governorship election in Adamawa State.
It also suspended further collation of the result of the re-run Governorship election, which held in the state on Saturday, and summoned the relevant Electoral officers to Abuja.
In a short statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, it said the Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) acted beyond his powers in announcing Binani, the winner when the results had not been completely tallied.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a purported declaration of a winner in the Adamawa Governorship election by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) even when the process has clearly not been concluded.
“The action of the REC is a usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer. It is null, void and of no effect. Consequently, the collation of results of the supplementary election is hereby suspended.
“The REC, Returning Officer and all involved are hereby invited to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja immediately.”