Nigerian Politics

Adamawa: Binani’s declaration as winner a civilian coup – Shehu Sani


Adamawa: Binani’s declaration as winner a civilian coup – Shehu Sani

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A former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, says the controversial declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Aisha Dahiru, aka Binani, the winner of the governorship election of Adamawa State, amounts to a “civilian coup.”

The state’s Resident Electoral Commission, Hudu Yunusa, on Sunday morning, in a controversial move declared Binani winner while collation of the Saturday’s supplementary poll had yet to be concluded.

But INEC overruled Yunusa’s declaration, suspended collation of results and summoned the REC to Abuja.

Senator Sani, in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Kaduna, described the declaration as a “civilian coup.”

But he commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for taking the bold step to suspend the collation of the election results.

Sani, however, said the REC and other perpetrators, including security agents, should not only be summoned but also prosecuted.

The Senator’s statement read, “It was obvious that the REC was out to truncate democracy in the state and by extension Nigeria if his action was allowed unchecked.

“The declaration by Adamawa REC is an equivalent of a civilian coup which stands condemnable. Our democracy can’t survive if we condone such brazen act of criminality and brigandage.

“Our political culture and attitude to election needs chemotherapy. The dangerous trend in our electoral system has gone beyond the culture of violence, vote buying and falsification of results to the most obnoxiously and brazenly crude phase of taking over the collation cenre, seizing the mic and illegally declaring the results of an election.”