Adamawa: Binani, Fintiri Trade Words Over Rigging Allegations
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Aishatu Dahiru Binani, has alleged that her counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Fintiri, is involved in the rigging of the state governorship and state assembly elections.
In a press release on Saturday, the spokesman of Binani Governorship Campaign Organisation, Martins Yanatham Dickson, claimed that PDP chieftains were doctoring result sheets and thumb-printing ballot papers in a house in the high-brow area of Dougirei in Yola metropolis in favour of the incumbent, Governor Fintiri.
Dickson, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to take decisive action against the perpetrators.
The statement read, “The Binani Campaign organization is worried that a private residence behind Muna Hotel at Dougirei in Jimeta Yola is currently being used allegedly by the Adamawa State candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 18th governorship election, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to thumbprint and stuff ballot papers in boxes, in a desperate move to rig the ongoing governorship election.
“The heads of security agencies in the state capital are presently at the scene. We are calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission to swiftly respond along with the relevant security agencies and stop this ugly and desperate move to temper with the integrity of the Adamawa Governorship election”.
However, in a statement by the Director General, Media and Communication in the Governor’s office, Solomon Kumangar, refuted the allegation.
He explained that the house in question functioned as the situation room for the PDP campaign organisation for documentation and monitoring of the election.
The PDP, therefore, accused Binani and the APC of cooking up lies after sensing imminent defeat.
The statement read, “The property in question houses the Situation Room of the PDP Presidential and Governorship Campaigns Council for the monitoring, Documentation and field location Coordination. Furthermore, the DSS, police and several security personnel had this evening stormed the Situation Room in gestapo style and turned the place upside down on the excuse that it was being used for clandestine purposes.
“We are compelled to state that the latest act of aggression is meant to provoke the governor into reacting in a manner that is at variance with his usual democratic posture.
“We are also aware that in a desperate and futile attempt to prove this false alarm, the APC could use this raid to plant exhibits and turn round to accuse the ruling party of something that is completely false.
“Finally, the world is watching and the people of Adamawa State will not fold their arms and watch the mandate that they freely gave to Governor Fintiri to be brazenly truncated.“