Supreme Court Upholds Fintiri’s Election

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate in Adamawa state, Aisha Dahiru popularly known as Binani against Adamu Fintiri.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-member panel, dismissed as lacking in merit an appeal the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, Senator Aisha Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, filed to challenge the outcome of the governorship election that was held in the state on March 18, 2023.

The appellants, through their team of lawyers led by Chief Akinolu Olujimi, SAN, prayed the court to nullify the declaration of Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the valid winner of the gubernatorial contest.

They urged the Supreme Court to set aside the concurrent verdict of the Court of Appeal and the Adamawa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed their case and upheld Fintiri’s re-election.

Specifically, Senator Dahiru insisted that she polled the majority of valid votes cast at the election and was validly declared the winner by the state’s Resident Electoral Commission REC.

She, among other things, prayed the court to determine who ought to be the bona fide Returning Officer in a gubernatorial election.

However, Fintiri, through his lawyer, Damian Dodo, SAN, urged the apex court to dismiss the appeal and validate his election victory.

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