The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State.
National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye said on the Commission’s Twitter handle that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Adamawa state and the Returning Officer have been summoned to Abuja with immediate effect.
This followed the premature announcement of the winner of the election when collation had not been concluded by the Resident Electoral Commissioner who is not empowered to do so.
The statement said “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a purported declaration of winner in the Adamawa Governorship election by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) even when the process has clearly not been concluded.
“The action of the REC is a usurpation of the power of the Returning Officer. It is null, void and of no effect.
“Consequently, the collation of results of the supplementary election is hereby suspended.
“The REC, Returning Officer and all involved are hereby invited to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja immediately”.
Okiye said the commission will issue a detailed statement on the issue later.