Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has told newly elected governor of his home state of Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri, that he looks forward to working with him to make the northeast state “great again.”
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC), Friday morning declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the Adamawa State governorship election.
Fintiri polled 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bindow got 336,386 votes, while Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the ADC scored 113,237, followed by SDP’s Emmanuel Bello, who polled 29,792 votes.
And Atiku, a member of the PDP who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in the country’s February 23 presidential election, said in his congratulatory message that the “hope that our people in Adamawa repose in you is well placed.”
“Congratulations to the man of our people, Governor-Elect Ahmadu Fintiri. The hope that our people in Adamawa repose in you is well placed and I look forward to working with you to make our state great again,” the Wazirin Adamawa tweeted on Friday morning.
Congratulations to the man of our people, Governor-Elect Ahmadu Fintiri. The hope that our people in Adamawa repose in you is well placed and I look forward to working with you to make our state great again. -AA #AdamawaDecides pic.twitter.com/p2pQcczkKg
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 29, 2019
Returning Officer for Adamawa, Professor Andrew Haruna, declared the winner after the supplementary election in 44 polling units across 14 areas of the northeast state.
Fintiri, who recorded 367,472 votes at the March 9 Adamawa governorship poll, which was declared inconclusive, polled 8,839 votes in the supplementary election held on 28 March. His closest rival, governor Bindow, got 1391 votes.
Concise News understands that the total votes cast was 899,097, out of which 871,307 votes were valid while 27,790 votes were invalid.