INEC suspended REC Yunusa Ari breaks silence, says he didn’t receive kobo to announce Binani as governor-elect

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The suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State, Barrister Hudu Yunusa Ari has denied the widespread allegation that he received N2 billion to announce Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the governorship election in Adamawa State.

Recall that INEC suspended Yunusa Ari after the illegal declaration of Binani, the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner, contrary to the Electoral Act.

But, INEC waded into the controversy and declared Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party the authentic winner of the Adamawa State election after due process was followed.

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Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 430,861 votes to defeat Binani of APC.

INEC asked the Inspector-General of Police and necessary security agencies to probe and prosecute Yunusa Ari.

After the whole saga, Yunusa Ari has not been heard and seen since then, only when his recent letter to the Inspector General of Police surfaced.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored by our correspondent on Tuesday, Hudu said he had no regrets whatsoever about the action he took by making the announcement in the middle of that election.

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Barrister Hudu Yunusa who the police were looking for, said that his announcing the result was his responsibility which was backed by law.

He disclosed that he was ready to present himself to the police this week, even as he argued that neither the DSS nor the Nigerian Police came searching for him as was widely discussed.

According to him, ” I never said the Governor bribed anyone, but I knew there were allegations.”

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“I swear, I had nothing to do with either Binani or Fintiri. All these stories about the N2 billion bribe were social media hype.”

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” I have no regrets whatsoever, when you do something that was allowed to be done in a democracy, there are no regrets,” he said.

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