Candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded LG election in Adamawa have criticized Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri for non constituting election petition tribunal to handle petitions from the election.
Spokesman for the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party in the election, Alhaji Umar Hammanjoda, who spoke to newsmen on the development in Yola said the tribunal ought to have been constituted before the election.
Hammanjoda accused the Fintiri led PDP administration of stage managing a totally flawed election and at the same time deliberately trying to shutdown doors for aggrieved candidates to get justice.
“Let it be known that no Council elections took place in all the 2609 polling units of Adamawa state. The Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) denied the good people of this state the right to exercise their civic responsibility to vote for candidates of their choice to democratically manage the affairs of their local government councils.”
Hammanjoda said the election was unacceptable to APC candidates and should be cancelled.
“The purported declaration by Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) and issuance of Certificate of Return to 21 chairmanship candidates of PDP and councillors as having won council election is gross injustice, violation of the electoral law, an illegality and therefore unacceptable to us, our party and its teeming supporters in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
“We call for outright cancellation of the council elections conducted on 7th December.
“Should this be disregarded we call on Government of the Federation not to disburse funds to these non-elective and therefore non-democratic councils having due regards to section 7(i) of the 1999 constitution as amended,” Hammanjoda said.