Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State have taken to the streets of Yola today, the state capital, in protest to demand that the results of last Saturday’s governorship supplementary election be announced, Channels TV reports.

They decried what they described as a lack of transparency in the election in Adamawa State which according to them should have been concluded with the first poll held on March 18.

The protesters said the supplementary election held was a charade which should be condemned by all, adding that from results collated so far, it is obvious that Governor Umaru Fintiri won the election.

INEC had on Sunday suspended collation of the supplementary poll after the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in the state strangely declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Aishatu Ahmed popularly known as Binani, the winner while collation of results was ongoing.

However, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Festus Okoye slammed the action of the Adamawa REC, saying it usurped the power of the Returning Officer.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has declared as null and void, the purported declaration of the All Progressives Congress APC Governorship Candidate in Adamawa state, Aisha Dahiru Binani by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner REC as duly elected.

According to the commission, the REC has no such powers as only the Returning Officer for the election is constitutionally mandated to make returns.

Besides, the commission said the election had not been concluded when the said illegal declaration was made.

Consequently, INEC has summoned the REC and all other officials involved in the incident to its headquarters in Abuja.

Okoye said; “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a purported declaration of 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.