JUST IN: President-elect Tinubu asks police to investigate controversy in Adamawa election

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President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged the Police to investigate the controversy that trailed the Adamawa Governorship rerun, urging aggrieved candidates to pursue legitimate means of addressing their grievances.

Tinubu gave the charge in a post-election assessment statement issued Wednesday, April 19, 2023, and personally signed by him.

The former Lagos Governor also congratulated winners of the Supplementary Governorship elections that took place in Kebbi and Adamawa States on Saturday.

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Tinubu said; “I also rejoice with those elected into the Senate, House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly during the last round of elections in states where such took place. These victorious men and women have earned the trust of their people and I call on them to rededicate themselves to the service of their respective constituents.

“The supplementary polls have now brought the 2023 elections to a final, fitting conclusion. I observed, with satisfaction, the largely peaceful atmosphere that pervaded the supplementary election on Saturday. It was a further testimony that our citizens have accepted democratic norms and have unalloyed faith in the electoral process.

“However, I note the matter of the Adamawa Supplementary Governorship Election and I urge police authorities to fully investigate all that transpired in the election given the attendant controversy. In every democratic contest, there has to be one winner. I call on those aggrieved to pursue legitimate means of addressing their grievances.

“With the conclusion of the 2023 elections, I now welcome all of us who have been elected to brace up to serve our people with diligence and dedication and to join hands with me as your President-elect in the pursuit of our agenda to renew the hopes of our people in a better, stronger, more secure, economically vibrant and prosperous Nigeria”.

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Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Birnin Kebbi has issued Certificates of Return to Dr Nasir Idris, Governor-elect of Kebbi State, and the Deputy, Sen. Umar Abubakar.

Prof. Sani Kalla, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, also issued certificates of return to 10 elected members of the State House of Assembly in the last Saturday supplementary elections.

The state has 24 State Constituencies and INEC on March 30 presented certificates of return to 14 winners of the March 18 House of Assembly poll in the state.

Four out of the 24 House of Assembly members-elect contested and won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while 20 others won on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


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Idris, shortly after receiving the certificate, lauded the commission and security agencies for ensuring enabling environment for the electorate to exercise their civic responsibility.

He also thanked the electorate for ensuring a successful exercise and having confidence in them by giving them the mandate to steer the affairs of the state.

“Kebbi is endowed with natural resources, and we will do everything humanly possible to tap those resources for the benefit of the people in the state.

“We will continue with the good work the current administration is undertaking and will do new ones. We will create so many opportunities for the people, especially in the agricultural sector.

“On insecurity, we will do everything to bring security in the affected areas in the southern part of the state.

“We will fulfill all the promises we made to the people during the electioneering campaign in the state, God willing,” he said.

 The commission, however in a separate statement stated that Ahmadu Finitiri, who was declared winner of the Adamawa election will be issued his certificate of return later today.

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