INEC suspends Yunusa-Ari, Adamawa REC

Our reporter/ The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday asked Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, to stay away from its office in the state.

The directive was conveyed in a letter signed by Rose Oriaran-Anthony, secretary to the commission.

Oriaran-Anthony in the letter, said the administrative secretary has been asked to take full charge of the office in Adamawa with immediate effect.

“I hereby convey the Commission’s decision that you (Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Adamawa State should stay away from the Commission’s office in Adamawa State immediately until further notice,” the letter reads.

“The Administrative Secretary has been directed to take full charge of INEC, Adamawa State with immediate effect.”
According to the electoral act, only the returning officer is empowered to declare the winner of the election.

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The REC had declared Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Adamawa state governorship election when results from 10 LGAs had not been announced.

However, INEC said the declaration by the REC was null and void.

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