The suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa Ari, has explained that he announced results of 69 polling units in the April 15 supplementary election due to security pressure.
In a letter he wrote to the Inspector General of Police explaining his part in the controversial April 16 announcement of the governorship election, he says he acted within the ambit of the law to avert impending danger of the delay in announcing the results.
He also says he realised that the results brought by the presiding officers from the 69 polling units, which he did not sign, differed from those uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.
The letter was copied to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Barrister Ari adds that the attempts to replace him as the collation officer with the administrative secretary, threats by candidates to cause mayhem, commissioners appointing what he calls ‘illegal collation officers’, and his house being surrounded by policemen from the Government House as some of the risks he faced in the course of the election.