The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Adamawa Governor.
In a judgment a moment ago, a five-member panel of the apex court unanimously dismissed the appeal by Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in the state.
In the lead judgment, Justice John Okoro, who presided over the panel, held that the declaration of Dahiru winner of the election by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was unlawful and a nullity.
Justice Okoro further held that it was the Returning Officer of any election that is empowered by the Electoral Act to announce the results of an election and that any other person, who assumes that rules, acts illegally.
He also held that the appellants (Dahiru and the APC) failed to provide credible evidence to show that their claim of non-compliance with the relevant laws and that he won the election with majority of lawful votes cast during the election.