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Electoral body suspends gubernatorial polls in Adamawa, PDP alleges chaos in Abuja council

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[FILES] FCT, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which earlier insisted on conducting supplementary election in Adamawa State despite a state High Court order to suspend the poll, has said it will no longer conduct the election.

In a dramatic self-reversal yesterday, the commission insisted that the poll would not hold pending determination of the substantive suit before the court.

The Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kassim Geidam, told journalists that INEC has deployed some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by Joy Kyari Gadzama, to appear in court today, pointing out that the commission would conduct the poll after the court order has been vacated.

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The Guardian learnt that Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, who relocated to Abuja since after the poll, has recruited some powerful men in the Presidency cashing in on the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is performing lesser hajji in Saudi Arabia, to frustrate the Adamawa supplementary election.

In a related development, the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Search For Common Ground (SFCG) has charged journalists covering Saturday’s supplementary polls to uphold the code of ethics of the profession by objectively reporting the exercise at the polling units.

Besides, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has raised the alarm that Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Musa Diko, is planning to cause violence during the rerun exercise in the area.

It alleged that APC plans to subvert the will of the people during Saturday’s supplementary polls scheduled to hold in the area by INEC.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday in Abuja, Acting PDP Chairman, Bilyaminu Sani in a statement issued by Publicity Secretary, John Tokwolo, he alleged that the executive chairman of the council was colluding with INEC Electoral Officer (EO) in Bwari to frustrate the exercise.

He added that the PDP was already leading at Kawu Ward before APC and its agents attacked youth corps members and tore collated result sheets.

It, therefore, enjoined the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, FCT Police Command, Area Commander in Kubwa, FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, as well as traditional and spiritual leaders, to caution Diko and APC supporters against fomenting trouble during the exercise.


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