Adamawa, one of only two states yet to conclude its governorship election process, will finally hold its supplementary poll on Thursday, March 28, 2019, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The announcement follows the lifting of a restraining order by a State High Court which previously stopped INEC from conducting the election as earlier scheduled for last Saturday.
“The court has this morning vacated the order restraining INEC from going ahead with the conduct of the supplementary election, consequently, the commission is now free to go ahead and conclude the elections,” said the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kassim Gaidam, at a press briefing at the INEC office in Yola.
“As a result of this development, the commission at the highest level in consultation with security agencies has decided that the supplementary elections should hold on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The elections will go on as was arranged.”
State of play: The election is a straight fight between the incumbent governor Jibrilla Bindow of the APC and Ahmed Fintiri of the PDP. Fintiri currently holds an advantage of about 32,476 votes over the governor and is the heavy favorite to win as there are just 40,988 votes on offer in the cancelled polling units. He is aiming to become only the second candidate to defeat an incumbent in this election cycle. In Bauchi, the PDP’s Bala Mohammed defeated Gov. Muhammad Abubakar who has already congratulated the winner.
Be Smart: The only other state yet to conclude its governorship election process is Rivers state where violence and intimidation by thugs and soldiers marred the polls a fortnight ago. Only yesterday, the deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) which is the main challenger to the PDP in the state, defected from the party and blamed former governor Rotimi Amaechi for his action.