Phrank Shaibu, one of the top aides to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, has talked about why the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa-Ari, announced Aisha Binani as the winner of the governorship election in Adamawa State.
Phrank Shaibu, who is Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, said Yunusa-Ari announced Binani as the winner following an order from above.
Shaibu said the electoral fraud committed by Yunusa-Ari was nothing different from what the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, did during the Presidential election.
A statement by Shaibu reads: “From all that has happened, it is obvious that Yunusa-Ari was acting on orders from above and that is why Ahmadu Fintiri’s warnings were ignored.
“This carefully orchestrated action is a reflection of the electoral heist of February 25, 2023 when the INEC Chairman, Yakubu, decided to announce Tinubu of the APC as winner despite the many irregularities and complaints from several opposition parties. Indeed, Yunusa-Ari acted like his father and boss, Mahmood Yakubu.”
Yunusa-Ari had announced Binani as the winner of the supplementary election in Adamawa State amid the collation of results.
The Commission immediately voided the declaration and suspended the REC.