Abuja, Nigeria: The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Adamawa State governorship election, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been declared the winner of the poll.
Fintiri, a former acting governor of the state, secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.
The vote margin between the PDP candidate and that of the APC is 40,166.
The PDP candidate was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Andrew Haruna, at 00:33 am on Friday morning, bringing to a conclusion a dramatic collation process.
The Returning Officer said Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 113,237 votes to place third, followed by Emmanuel Bello of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 29,792 votes.
Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the governorship poll inconclusive.
According to the Returning Officer, the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the PDP and the APC candidates was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.
He explained that he was constrained to return a winner by such a situation and therefore declared the election inconclusive.
Fintiri born in October 27, 1967 in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa is a graduate of History from University of Maiduguri.
He was the Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly in 2014 and also served as Acting Governor in July 2014 following the impeachment of then Gov. Murtala Nyako.