“No bribe taken to announce Binani” – suspended REC denies bribe allegation, shares insights into declaration

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Adamawa State, Barrister Hudu Yunusa Ari, who was recently suspended, has denied allegations that he received a N2 billion bribe to declare Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Binani ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2023 election, challenging the incumbent Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, who ran under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was later declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday, Barrister Hudu Yunusa maintained that he had no regrets about announcing the result in the middle of the election, as it was his responsibility backed by the law.

He also stated that he was willing to present himself to the police this week, adding that neither the Department of State Services (DSS) nor the Nigerian Police had come looking for him, as had been widely rumored.

According to him, ” I never said the Governor bribed anyone, but I knew there were allegations.”

“I swear, I had nothing to do with either Binani or Fintiri. All these stories about the N2 billion bribe were social media hype.”

” I have no regrets whatsoever, when you do something that was allowed to be done in a democracy, there are no regrets,” he said.

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