The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has just declared the incumbent governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner of the governorship election on Tuesday after polling 430,861 votes to defeat his major counterpart Aisha Binani of the All Progressives Congress, who polled 398,788. Read on to see his biography, net worth, career and more about the governor-elect.
The declaration was made by the Returning Officer, Muhammed Melee.
Recall that INEC had reopened the collation center for the supplementary election results on Tuesday, 18th April. The supplementary election was conducted in the state on Saturday, April 15, after the election of March 18 was declared inconclusive by INEC due to some stated irregularities.
The collation exercise was halted in the state on Sunday after the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Ari, declared Binani, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, the winner of the election, which led the commission on Monday to ask Hudu to stay away from the office.
In his acceptance speech after being declared winner, the governor-elect said he was “humbled the more.” While congratulating his co-contenders for their struggle in the governorship race, Fintiri condemned the action of Hudu who had earlier declared Binani the winner of the election.
While saying the action of the REC “fell below expectation,” he thanked the people of Adamawa “for voting for continuity.”
Biography of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was born on October 27, 1967, in Gulak, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, in Nigeria’s North-East.
How old is Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri?
Ahmadu Fintiri was born on October 27, 1967. He is 56 years old in 2023.
Fintiri completed his primary school education at the Central Primary School, Gulak, from 1975 to 1981. Then he attended Government Day Secondary School, Gulak, and Government Secondary School, Michika, between 1981 and 1986 for his secondary school education.
Currently, Ahmadu Fintiri has a post-graduate Diploma in Policy and Strategic Studies from the University of Maiduguri, in 2004, after obtaining his first degree in History from the same university in 1992. He has been acknowledged by most of his teachers, mentors and contemporaries as an outstanding student and athlete throughout his youthful age.
After running his private business for years, he was elected to represent Madagali Constituency in 2007 and re-elected for another term in 2011.
Fintiri has held several leadership positions in the House of Assembly even before being elected as the Speaker, a position he held until 2015. Ahmadu Fintiri also acted as governor of Adamawa State twice after the impeachment of the then-governor Murtala Nyako. In July, 2014, he was made acting governor. He then handed over to Bala James Ngilari after serving for three months.
Ahmadu Fintiri, who is passionate about his political pursuit, ran again for the 2019 governorship race and won under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He contested for governor in the 2023 election, however, it was declared inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin between the winner and his closest challenger.
But after a supplementary election, Ahmadu Fintiri was declared the winner of the election after securing 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.
Mr Fintiri is married and has three children.