Fufore: Remove Adamawa REC since he is an honorary APC member now; PDP tells INEC.

The presidential and governorship campaign councils in Adamawa state have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to get rid of the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, Hudu Yunusa, because he is said to be biassed and compromised.

The deputy director, Felix Tangwami, made the call in a statement on Wednesday. He noted that the REC’s insistence on increasing the rerun polling unit from 69 to 77 is unacceptable.

The statement dismissed Yunusa’s excuse that he is nonpartisan and not from Adamawa as a smoke screen.

According to the statement, “The PDP wants the national office of INEC to question Yunusa’s relationship with Aishatu Binani, the governorship candidate of the APC, and to recall the REC from Adamawa so that a neutral umpire can run the rerun since Yunusa is now a branch of the APC and not an umpire.”

“INEC’s leadership has yet to reveal the powers that be that instructed Yunusa to change the previous results, and until he does so, he lacks credibility to speculate about the rerun.”

“With the Yunusa voice call record, this has already undermined the possibility of a free and fair election.” INEC needs to punish Mr. Yunusa because he insisted on rigging the election for the APC even though people were against it.

To him, even election monitoring groups like the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) dismissed the Fufore result as “fraudulent and anti-democratic”.

Also, it said, “Unfortunately, it is the same Yunusa who was caught on tape plotting with the Fufore electoral officer.” “His first REC assignment in Adamawa is already a failure, so he has been given the job of overseeing the rerun election, even though he has the ability to rig.” The election is doomed to fail if INEC doesn’t do the right thing by removing him.

“We remind the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that this will be his last general election before the end of his tenure. We ask him to protect his legacy by removing Mr. Hudu Yunusa if he insists that APC must be rigged into power. This election must not only be fair, but it must be seen to be fair as well.”

The statement pointed out that as of Wednesday morning, over 17,000 Nigerians had signed a petition on Change.org titled “Remove Hudu Yunusa as the Adamawa INEC Commissioner for Incompetence and Corruption.”



“We call on Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to remove the REC, Mr. Yunusa, as his credibility is seriously in doubt.” The statement said, “Again, we ask INEC not to use a double result sheet per unit, which was started by the REC.” 

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