A group of Nigerian women under the aegis of women in politics forum have condemned in clear terms what they described as “attempt at mandate robbery” in Adamawa State.
Women in Politics Forum is a non partisan organization for women with membership across the 36 states and FCT.
President of the forum, Ebere Ifendu said her group is vigilantly watching the unfolding events with dismay as it constitute a great violation and setback on gender equity and infringement on the rights of women to participate in electoral processes.
“The Forum is aware of the gross misconduct and manipulation at the Adamawa state Governorship election results collation center. This follows refusal by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa, to collate governorship results from Fufore local government area.
“Results from 20 local government areas have been collated, giving the APC gubernatorial candidate, senator Aishatu Binani an early and consistent lead.
“The last result that is pending is from Fufore local government which generated hot controversy during the day.
“The election was keenly contested between the incumbent governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (PDP) and Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani (APC) which Senator Binani won convincingly.
“We will not accept a repeat of history. In 2011 Her Excellency Dame Pauline Tallen contested for the Plateau State Governorship election and was cruising to Victory when announcing of results suddenly stopped and when it was finally announced they had stolen her mandate. This was exactly the fate of Senator Aisha Al Hassan (Mama Taraba), her victory was also stolen. We can no longer watch our collective mandate stolen from us.
“Nigerian Women have worked hard and waited patiently for this victory and woe betide that person that will be used against the wishes and aspirations of Adamawa people and Nigerian women.
“We can confirm from our agents in Adamawa State that Senator Aishatu Binani is having overwhelming lead in Fufore Local Government.
“We are aware of the manipulation going on in the State and the role of Governor Fintiri who had earlier used his state powers to frustrate Senator Binani’s campaign and has further gone ahead to tamper with the figures coming from Fufore LGA which undoubtedly is Senator Binani’s strong hold and originally in favour of the APC candidate, and using the state INEC officials and media to fabricate stories and raising false allegations against her.
“This is a grossly condemnable act and we are raising our voices as Nigerian women to seek immediate intervention to prohibit and abort the manipulation against senator Binani as we see this as ” a daylight robbery of her mandate ” and an affront to Nigerian Women.
“Nigerian women are calling on INEC to ensure that the results are not manipulated and that Senator Aishatu Binani is given her mandate and declared the winner of the election.
“We are also using this medium to call on security agencies to be more effective in protecting the public against attacks by political thugs. We have received reports of violent attacks on innocent citizens of the state. We demand that the perpetrators of violence should be arrested and prosecuted while the police is more vigilant and proactive to prevent violence,” the statement said.