Supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State have taken to the streets of Yola, the state capital, to demand the release and announcement of last Saturday’s governorship supplementary election.
The protesters who turned out in their large number were led by prominent PDP chieftains and other stakeholders.
The protesting crowd marched from the party’s office located at Police Roundabout overhead bridge to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yola where they urged the commission to respect the mandate of the people.
They decried what they described as a lack of transparency in the election in Adamawa State which according to them should have been concluded with the first poll held on March 18.
According to the protesters the supplementary election held was a charade which should be condemned by all, adding that from results collated so far, it is obvious that Governor Umaru Fintiri won the election.
The Deputy Director-General of the PDP Presidential and Governorship Campaign Council, Felix Tangwami, who was one of the leading protesters, called for restraints from other supporters.
He said the exercise would maintain a high level of decorum since the protest was not a one day affair but one which will continue until INEC yields to its demand to conclude the collation process and declare Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the winner.
Tangwami said, “Be peaceful and civil, we would lay siege to INEC office until the commission listens to us, resume collation and make a return. Because Adamawa people are not happy, because what has happened is treasonable, illegal and we take our call to the streets to demand Justice is done with our protest for as long as it takes. Please exercise restraints and decorum.”