Another incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) governor has been unseated. Following Thursday’s supplementary election in Adamawa state, Ahmed Umar Fintiri, the candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defeated Governor Jibrilla Bindow, of the All Progressives Congress.
- Fintiri joins Bala Mohammed (Bauchi, PDP) as the two candidates to defeat incumbent governors in this election cycle.
Final Tally: Fintiri polled 376,552 votes while Bindow got 336,386 votes. The margin of victory was 40,166 votes.
Where things stood before today: Before the supplementary election, Fintiri was ahead with 32,476 votes. He had 367,471 votes compared to the governor’s 334,995 votes.
It was always going to be difficult for the governor to make a comeback from that deficit, considering that the number of votes available in the affected polling units amounted to just 40,988. At the end of Thursday’s election, Fintiri widened the gap, polling 9,081 votes against Bindow’s 1,391 votes.
The APC had threatened to boycott the election, arguing that INEC appeared to be in a rush.
The governor-elect is a former acting governor of the state and a former speaker. His tenure as acting governor was shortlived as he served for just three months following the impeachment of former governor Murtala Nyako.
Bottomline: In the midst of the PDP’s dissatisfaction with the presidential election, they made some solid gains, winning in Imo, Oyo, Bauchi and Adamawa – states that were previously held by the APC. They also have a chance of picking up Zamfara if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the Appeal Court which nullified the APC primaries in that state. On its part, the PDP picked up Gombe and Kwara from the PDP.