Senator Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, denies paying an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Senator Binani denied giving the sum of N2 billion to “procure a favourable declaration as governor-elect to some unnamed INEC staff”, calling the reports “very bizarre, unfounded and wild allegations”.
She noted that she is a democrat who would never do anything to subvert the democratic process, and was not a do-or-die politician.
Sen Binani also says she has won elections into the house of representatives and the senate in a free and fair manner.
The Adamawa governorship supplementary election was conducted on Saturday following the declaration of the March 18 poll as inconclusive over alleged irregularities.
The collation of election results was suspended till Sunday after results from 10 LGAs were announced.
However, Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Commission (INEC), declared Senator Binani as the winner when the results from the remaining LGAs had not been announced.
INEC subsequently discontinued the exercise decribing Mr. Yunusa-Ari’s actions as null and void, adding that the declaration of a winner is the responsibility of the returning officer.
On Tuesday, INEC commenced the collation of election results in the state, and Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced as the winner.