NEWSDAILYNIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral commission,( INEC) has refuted the purported declaration of a winner of the gubernatorial election in Adamawa State by the REC, instead of the Returning officer as stipulated by law.

A statement by INEC’s National Commissioner, Information &Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye, on Sunday, described the action as null and void, hence the suspension of the collation of the supplementary election.

” 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.

“Detailed statement to follow shortly.” the statement added.

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