Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa, has denied paying a N2 billion bribe to an INEC official in order to be proclaimed the election winner.
Remember that the compilation of the election results was halted for several days after Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Independent National Commission’s (INEC) resident electoral commissioner (REC), pronounced Binani the victor despite the fact that the results from the remaining LGAs had not been disclosed. After collation started on Tuesday, April 18, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri was declared the election winner.
Reacting to allegation of offering the sum of N2 billion to “procure a favourable declaration as governor-elect to some unnamed INEC staff”, Binani stated that the report is “very bizarre, unfounded and wild allegations”.
“I never did, I would never do such. I wish to reiterate that I am a democrat. I have always been a committed democrat and will never do anything to subvert the democratic process. I am not a do-or-die politician. In the past, I have won elections into the house of representatives and the senate in a free and fair manner.
“What happened in Adamawa was an unsuccessful attempt to subvert the will of the people. The REC was illegally told to stand down by two INEC national commissioners from Abuja who were supposed to be in Adamawa in a supervisory capacity. Even more curious is the nocturnal visit of some INEC national officers to the Adamawa state government house and the bizarre declaration the same day after the visit that they have taken over the collation through the backdoor with the collation and returning officers selected by the governor of Adamawa.
“The roles of these INEC officers from Abuja and the real mission of the two to the government house should be of interest to all democrats. I urge all lovers of democracy to take a deeper interest in our electoral process and democracy not only in Adamawa but in the whole country.”
She also thanked her supporters for their “unflinching support in the midst of half-truths and opposition smear propaganda”.