The Supreme Court has upheld the election victory of Ahmadu Fintiri from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor of Adamawa.
The apex court, in a judgement on Wednesday, led by Justice John Okoro, unanimously rejected the appeal by Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the last governorship election in the state.
Justice Okoro stated that the declaration of Dahiru as the winner by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was illegal and void.
He said that only the Returning Officer, as empowered by the Electoral Act, has the authority to announce election results, and any other person doing so acts illegally.
Furthermore, Justice Okoro noted that the appellants (Dahiru and the APC) failed to provide credible evidence demonstrating non-compliance with relevant laws or establishing that Dahiru won the election with the majority of lawful votes.