Hon. Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a slight lead over his major challenger in the Adamawa State governorship election, incumbent Governor Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC), when result from the eight local government area to be announced on Sunday came to light.
Bindow had led the votes chart up to the 7th LGA, Song, but Fintiri lept over Bindow with the votes from Michika where he scored 24,504 votes against Bindow’s 13,224.
Overall, however, Fintiri had only a slight lead with a total of 152,897 votes from the eight LGAs announced thus far, while Bindow had 150,431 votes.
The eight LGAs from where the results had thus come by some minutes to 2pm when collation was paused for a lunch break Sunday, were Shelleng, Yola South, Gurei, and Mubi North where Bindow had winning votes, as well as Mayo-Belwa, Yola North, Song and Michika where Fintiri has larger numbers of votes.
The results from the eight LGAs have largely conformed to type in terms of voting patterns for the big two political parties, except that the APC won Yola North in the presidential election of February 23 as against the reality with this governorship election.
The result thus far, with 13 more LGAs to go, also confirms predictions that the governorship election in Adamawa State would be a close race between the APC and the PDP.
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