The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday suspended the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa Ari for illegally announcing the results of governorship election in the State.
In a dramatic turn of event on Sunday, Ari announced the results of the Adamawa governorship election, declaring APC’s Aisha Dahiru, popularly known as Binani winner of the election.
According to the Electoral Act, the Returning Officer was supposed to announce the results of the election, but Ari announced the results himself.
The national headquarters acted immediately by declaring the announcement made by Ari null and void and summoned him to appear in Abuja.
However, INEC, in a letter on Monday addressed to the Adamawa REC, ordered him to stay away from office with immediate effect until further notice.
The letter was signed by Rose Oriaran-Anthony, Secretary to the Commission.
The letter, with the heading: “Commission’s Directive to stay away from INEC, Adamawa State,” reads: “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 Administrative Secretary has been directed to take full charge of INEC, Adamawa State with immediate effect. Please, accept the assurance of the Commission’s warm regards.”