Jibrilla Bindow, the incumbent Governor of Adamawa State, has rejected the results of the governorship election in the state.
Bindow, on Tuesday rescinded his earlier congratulatory message to Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the Governor-Elect, challenging the latter’s victory at the Adamawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
Umar Duhu, former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice chairman (Northeast), who is an ally of the Governor, announced Bindow’s position to newsmen in Yola on Tuesday, SaharaReporters noted.
In the petition, Bindow asked the tribunal to either declare him the winner of the governorship election or order a fresh conduct of the polls in the state.
Recall Bindow had on March 29 congratulated Fintiri on his election as Governor-Elect after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said he polled 336,386 votes compared to Fintiri’s 376,552.
On why he made a U-turn and approached Tribunal, Bindow said new facts have emerged showing the results from seven Local Government Areas were marred with various electoral irregularities
“Yes, the Governor congratulated the PDP candidate, but new facts at our disposal signal otherwise about our purported loss
“There was over-voting in almost all the seven local governments, according to facts obtained from (INEC) records.
“ We strongly believe that there were massive irregularities in those local governments, and I can assert that by the time the issues are properly determined we’ll reclaim our mandate.
“I can tell you that the so-called town hall meeting by the wife the President was all about conferring legitimacy on the so-called victory of the PDP Governorship Candidate.”