Fintiri’s victory excites Atiku, PDP governors.
GOVERNOR-ELECT VOWS TO PROSECUTE ADAMAWA REC
There was wild jubilation in Yola, the state capital, following the announcement of the results by the Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Mele.
Fintiri, who scored 430,861 votes defeated his main rival, Senator Aishatu Binani of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 398,788 votes.
Supporters stormed the Government House to rejoice with the governor, who dedicated his victory to the people.
Fintiri, who late spoke on Channels Television Politics Today, threatened to prosecute the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Hudu Yunusa-Ari for falsely declaring Binani as the winner.
He said: “I am satisfied and I feel happy that God has spoken through the Adamawa people and Adamawa has won.
“I don’t think I have run against any woman in Adamawa State. I ran against enemies of democracy outside Adamawa State. For now, we give God the glory.”
The governor said he won the election based on his performance, promising to surpass his achievement during his second term.
Fintiri, who applauded INEC for correcting the shenanigans that took place last Sunday, however, threatened to prosecute all culprits.
He added: “I think everybody has learnt his lessons and the electoral umpire has corrected their wrongs to protect the institution.
“The police that was supposed to protect democracy were also caught up in the whole saga. It is unfortunate and a disgrace.
“I think everybody is trying to correct their wrongs and time will tell if these people will be properly prosecuted. “But if they are not prosecuted with the height of criminality that took place in Adamawa State, I am going to prosecute them.
“I did not contest against a woman or the APC, I contested against the whole system.
‘I contested against those who feel they can control Adamawa from Abuja. God is more than them. You can now see that our people have spoken clearly.
Meanwhile the Adamawa state chapter of PDP have expressed joy over the victory, describing it as the triumph of democracy.
It said in a statement: “The spontaneous jubilation of citizens in Adamawa State and across our nation at the official declaration of Governor Fintiri as the rightful winner of the election irrespective of the nefarious schemes by the rejected APC is a confirmation that the PDP and its candidate are indeed the choices of the people.
“Governor Fintiri’s overwhelming victory is a validation that the will of the people cannot be subdued no matter the plot by a tyrannic, domineering and power-grabbing few who, with over-bloated ambition, desperately sought to subvert our democracy, scuttle the electoral process, compromise the judiciary, subjugate the people and impose an unconstitutional regime in the polity.
“The PDP salutes the courage, resilience and determination of the people of Adamawa in resisting the defeated APC and compromised REC in their bid to destabilise the state.
“Our party also lauds the Adamawa State Returning Officer, Mohammed Mele, for his courage in standing on the side of justice, due process and democracy in the discharge of his duty”.
Also, the PDP Governors Forum, in a statement by the Director General of the PDP Governors Forum, CID Maduabum, said Nigeria has just been rescued from descent into the abyss, adding: “We have just dodged another bullet”.
The statement added: “We commend INEC for redeeming itself and hope that this is a harbinger of things to come.
‘It is in this regard that the Commission is requested to promptly re-visit all other elections where infractions have been identified.
“Where the matters have been taken to the Tribunal, INEC should assume a garb and toga of neutrality and inform the Tribunals of the actual events that transpired in the elections.
“It has been shown by today’s development that INEC can reverse itself where mistakes have been made. We call on Gov. Fintiri to continue to justify this huge mandate and trust of the people of Adamawa.”