Banani denies allegation of N2bn bribe to Adamawa REC

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Abuja, April 19, 2023 – Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani), the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, has denied offering N2 billion bribe to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Yunusa Ari, to declare her as governor-elect.

She described herself as a democrat who will never do anything to subvert democratic process. 

She alleged that an officer of the Department of State Services (DSS) was tortured by some thugs, state government agents and the Government House police to make such unfounded allegations against her. 

Binani, in a statement, said she had contested and won free and fair elections to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

She said: “My attention has been drawn to a very bizarre, unfounded wild allegations purportedly made by an officer of the Department of State Services to the effort that, I senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed ( Binani), gave out the sum of N2 billion  to procure a favourable declaration as governor -elect to some unnamed INEC staff.

“I never did; I would never do such.

 “This statement was allegedly made when the officer was being tortured at gunpoint by the agents of the Adamawa State governor and the Government House police team alongside their political thugs.

“I wish to reiterate that I am a democrat. I have always been a committed democrat and will never do anything to subvert democratic process. I am not do-or-die politician.

“In the past, I have won elections into the House of Representatives and the Senate in free and fair manner.

“What happened in Adamawa was an unsuccessful attempt to subvert the will of the people.

“The REC was illegally told to stand down by two INEC national commissioners from Abuja who were supposed to be in Adamawa in a supervisory capacity. 

“Even more curious is the nocturnal visit of some INEC national officers to Adamawa State Government House and bizarre declaration same day after the visit that they have taken over the collation through the backdoor, with collation and returning officers selected by the governor of Adamawa. 

“The roles of these INEC officers from Abuja and the real mission of the two to the Government house should be of interest to all democrats.”

Binani thanked her supporters and urged all lovers of democracy to take deeper interest in the just-concluded Adamawa poll. 

“I urge all lovers of democracy to take a deeper interest in our electoral process and democracy, not only in Adamawa, but in the whole country.

“Meanwhile, to all my supporters both within and outside Adamawa, I wish to use this opportunity to thank you for your unflinching support, in the midst of half-truths and opposition smear propaganda.” (GBN)

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