Adamawa: Supreme Court reserves judgment in Binani’s final battle with Fintiri

The Supreme Court on Monday in Abuja has reserved judgment in a fresh legal battle instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Senator Aisha Dahiru Binani.

She is seeking to unseat Umar Ahmadu Fintiri as the duly elected governor of Adamawa state.

However, after prolonged legal fireworks by the legal team of the governorship candidate, led by Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN, and that of governor Fintiri headed by Damian Dodo, SAN, the apex court deferred final judgment.

In his arguments, Olujinmi, a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice asked the 5-member panel of Justices to invoke section 152 of the Electoral Act 2022 to declare Binani as the lawfully elected governor of Adamawa state.

The senior lawyer said that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) who pronounced Binani as winner of the March 18 last year’s governorship election had powers under the Electoral Act to do what he did.

Specifically, Olujinmi insisted that as a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the REC cannot be faulted for making declaration in the election he superintendent over.

However, counsel to Governor Fintiri, Damian Dodo pleaded with the court to reject the arguments of Binani in its entirety for being baseless and against the clear provisions of the law.

Among others, Dodo submitted that the REC lacked power to make declaration on the election, adding that the only person vested with power to do so is the Returning Officer.

After taking arguments from lawyers, Justice John Inyang Okoro announced that judgment has been reserved and that parties involved would be communicated when the verdict is ready for delivery.