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Disgraced Adamawa REC, Hudu Ari denies collecting single kobo to announce Binani as Gov-elect

Written by on May 2, 2023

Reacting to the allegations against him, disgraced Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Adamawa State that was suspended, Barrister Hudu Yunusa-Ari has denied the widespread allegation that he received N2 billion to announce Senator Aishatu Dahiru as the winner of the governorship election in Adamawa State.

Binani was the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Adamawa State during the 2023 election.

She had challenged the incumbent Governor of the state who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmadu Fintiri who was later, declared the winner of the election by INEC.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored by journalists, Hudu says he had no regrets whatsoever about the action he took by making the announcement in the middle of that election.

Barrister Yunusa who the police were looking for, says it was his responsibility to announce the result, an action he says was backed by law.

The internal wranglings within the ruling All Progressives Congress appears to be recreating itself further.

This is as the National Vice Chairman, Northwest, of the ruling APC, Salihu Lukman, has fired back at the National Legal Adviser of the party, Ahmad El-Marzuq after the former recommended him for expulsion.

He says El-Marzuq erred in law when he recommended his expulsion in a legal opinion sent to the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Accusing El-Marzuq of deliberately trying to subvert the party’s constitution, Lukman expressed optimism that the said legal opinion would be part of the agenda at tomorrow’s meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC.

Lukman’s reaction was contained in a letter addressed to Adamu and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

In a related development, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has reiterated that the four new emirates created by his administration are here to stay.

The governor made this known during the Workers’ Day celebrations held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

His statement comes days after the leader of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, stated in a viral video that the incoming government of Abba Yusuf would review the balkanization of the Kano emirate.

Ganduje, who split the Kano emirates into five and dethroned the then Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, therefore stated that the four new emirates are a symbol of unity, progress, and the well-being of the people.

He adds that the emirates were created to honour the people of the regions and recover the reputation of the traditional institutions.

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