Atiku hails Fintiri, says there is ‘one more mandate to reclaim’
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed Umaru Fintiri’s re-election as the Governor of Adamawa State, describing it as a win for democracy.
Recall that Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress was earlier declared the winner by an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission even before the collation of results for the supplementary exercise ended, a move that the electoral commission nullified.
But following the conclusion of the rescheduled collation, Fintiri, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, was declared the winner of the highly-dramatic poll Tuesday, beating his closest rival ‘Binani’.
Minutes after the declaration, Atiku who was the PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, said the triumph proves that good can overcome bad.
“Congratulations, Gov Ahmadu Fintiri, on your deserved reelection as governor of Adamawa State. Thank you to the people of Adamawa and men and women of goodwill for staying the course in resisting coupists and enemies of democracy from having their way.
“The lesson from this exercise and others is the need for Nigerians to be vigilant and never give in to anti-democratic forces whose objective is to snatch, run with and undermine the mandate of the people as freely expressed in their votes,” the former vice president tweeted.
Following Fintiri’s victory, Atiku is optimistic about winning at the presidential election tribunal where he is challenging Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s emergence as Nigeria’s president-elect.
“By the way, it is not yet uhuru as we still have one more major mandate to reclaim, and together as ONE, we shall accomplish the task for the good of our country and its people,” he added.