The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has condemned Sunday morning’s declaration of Senator Aishatu Dahiru also known as Binani as the winner of the Adamawa State governorship election.
Recall the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) for Adamawa State, Prof. Yusuf Hudu Ari, had declared Binani winner of the election under controversial circumstances.
However, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, however, nullified the declaration and suspended the collation of the results with immediate effect.
In a statement on its twitter page; The CDD said it strongly condemned the announcement by the REC.
“The laws and procedures guiding Nigeria’s elections are such that only the returning officer can make such a declaration, which makes this recent announcement null and void.
“We call on @inecnigeria to immediately exercise its powers by continuing the collation process that was scheduled to resume today, sanction all erring officials who carried out this illegal announcement and ensure that results are publicly available to all citizens.
“It is important that laid down processes are adhered to avoid a breakdown of law and order in a heightened political environment. CDD will release a statement on the conduct of the elections later today,” the CDD said.