The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the victory of Ahmadu Fintiri at the polls.
The party described the re-election of Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa state, as “a momentous triumph for democracy”.
Fintiri secured 430,861 votes to defeat Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 398,788 votes.
In a statement signed by Debo Ologunagba, PDP national publicity secretary, the party on Tuesday said the victory demonstrated the will of the people “over tyranny and desperate manipulative forces which sought to take over control of the state illegally”.
“The spontaneous jubilation of citizens in Adamawa State and across our nation at the official declaration of Governor Fintiri as the rightful winner of the election irrespective of the nefarious schemes by the rejected All Progressives Congress (APC) is a confirmation that the PDP and its candidate are indeed the choice of the people,” PDP said.
“Governor Fintiri’s overwhelming victory is a validation that the Will of the people cannot be subdued no matter the plot by a tyrannic, domineering and power-grabbing few who, with over-bloated ambition, desperately sought to subvert our democracy, scuttle the electoral process, compromise the judiciary, subjugate the people and impose an unconstitutional regime in the polity.
“The PDP salutes the courage, resilience and determination of the people of Adamawa State in resisting the defeated APC and compromised INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari in their bid to destabilize the State.
“Our Party also lauds the Adamawa State Returning Officer, Mohammed Mele for his courage in standing on the side of justice, due process and democracy in the discharge of his duty.
“The PDP salutes the roles played by the International and domestic election Observers, the Media, Organized Civil Society and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians in ensuring that the mandate of the people of Adamawa State freely given to the PDP and our Candidate, Governor Fintiri, was not hijacked by APC supplanters.”
The party urged Fintiri to continue in his “landmark transformational delivery of democracy dividends to the people” in line with the manifesto, programmes and policies of the PDP.