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Umar Fintiri, candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won the Adamawa State governorship election

Umar Fintiri, candidate of the peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), has won the Adamawa State governorship election.
To emerge victor, FIntiri polled a total of 376,552 votes to
beat Jibrilla Bindow, incumbent Governor and candidate of
the All Progressives Congress (APC), who secured 336,386
votes, amounting to a margin of 40,166.
Before Thursday's supplementary election, Fintiri had
polled 367,471 votes while Bindow had 334,995, leaving a
margin of 32,476 votes and placing him in a quite
comfortable situation, as only 40,988 votes were cancelled
by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Bindow might have harboured faint hopes of catching up
with his adversary, but it was Fintiri who went even better,
further widening the gap after polling 9,081 votes at the
supplementary exercise to Bidow's 1,391.
Governor-elect Fintiri is a former Adamawa State Governor
whose reign remains one of the most short-lived ever in
Nigeria's history.
He was Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly
in July 2014 when Murtala Nyako was impeached as
Governor. With his deputy, Bala Ngilari, having supposedly
resigned just before the impeachment, Fintiri became
Acting Governor for the three months within which the law
mandated the conduct of a by-election.
He was the favourite to win the resultant by-election.
However, three days before the election, a Federal High
Court sitting in Abuja invalidated Ngilari's supposed
resignation, saying it didn't follow the appropriate channel
as it wasn't Nyako who accepted it.
Consequently, it forbade the conduct of the election and
ordered the swearing in of Ngilari as Governor. In a twist of
fate, when Fintiri secured the PDP ticket in last year's
primary, he polled 1,656 votes to beat Abubakar Waziri,
former Chief Protocol Officer to former president Goodluck
Jonathan, who polled 465 votes, as well as Ngilari, who
could only muster 76 votes.

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