Biani: In Saturday’s governorship election in Adamawa State, a woman may become the first woman to be elected governor in Nigeria, making political history.
With the majority of the results in the state tallied, Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani), the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor, is giving Ahmadu Fintri, the incumbent governor and PDP candidate, a challenging race for the top position in the state.
Governor Fintiri led in 13 local government districts, according to the results so far announced, and Governor Binani was in second place with 7. As of now, Senator Binani won in Ganye, Mubi-North, Mayo-Belwa, Maiha, Mubi-South, Yola-North, and Yola-South councils, while Fintiri won in Guyuk, Jada, Gombi Shelleng Demsa, Lamurde Girei Hong, Madagali, Numan Toungo, Song, and Michika local government areas of the state.
At the time this report was being written, the Fufore local government area’s outcome was still pending.
The collation was put on hold after the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Yunusa Hudu, stated that there was work that needed to be done on the Fofure results.
On August 11, 1971, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed was born. She served as the senator for Adamawa Central in the 9th Legislature and went by the name Binani. Aishatu formerly served as a representative for the federal constituency of Yola North/Yola South/Girei in the House of Representatives as a member of the People’s Democratic Party in the 7th Parliament (2011–2015).
She presently serves as the Senate Committee’s chairman for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Aishatu Binani was named the APC candidate for governor of Adamawa in 2021 by an appeals court sitting in Yola. At the party’s governorship primary elections, she had defeated a number of powerful male politicians, including former presidential contender Nuhu Ribadu.
Aishatu began her early schooling in Kaduna and finished it in Jimeta Yola at Gwadabawa Primary School. She moved to the UK to pursue her higher education, where she graduated from the University of Southampton with a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.
Some news stories claim that Adamawa, in the country’s northeast, has produced Nigeria’s first female governor. She is All Progressive Congress Senator Aisha Binani.
In addition to being the first woman to hold such a position, Binani defeated Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.
In the hotly contested election, the senator, who now represents Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the Red Chamber, faced up against incumbent Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On Saturday, March 18, 2023, totals from all the polling places in Adamawa State’s 21 Local Government Areas revealed that Binani had received the majority of the votes, placing her ahead of her rivals.
According to the results sheet that this reporter was able to see, Binani, who ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), received 409,909 votes overall, defeating Fintiri’s total of 406,617.
She becomes the nation’s first female governor from a region where girls’ education was poor and women weren’t viewed favorably for positions of authority.
While a Facebook user uploaded her picture along with the text:
Senator Binani is the incoming governor of Adamawa State. She made history by becoming the first woman to be elected as a state governor in Nigeria. Binani represents the modern Nigerian woman.
“THE WEAKER VESSEL POWER”. Congrats to the women from Nigeria!
After the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa, refused to compile the governorship election results from the Fufore local government area, there was reportedly uncertainty at the Adamawa state governorship election results collation center.
Currently, results from 20 local government areas have been combined, and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the current governor, has a slim lead.
The final outcome that is still pending is from the municipal administration in Fufore, which caused much debate throughout the day.