INEC Defends its Award of ₦434million for Printing Election Materials to Adamawa APC Gubernatorial Candidate

In an Exclusive report by Sahara Reporters INEC Awarded N434million Contract to Adamawa APC Governorship Candidate, Binani’s Printing Firm to print results sheets for 2023 general elections, despite repeated assurances by the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, that the integrity of the sensitive materials for the election would be ensured.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has allegedly awarded a contract for the printing of sensitive materials to Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani’s printing firm, Binani Printing Press.

 

According to the contract documents obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday and signed by the Secretary to be the Commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, Binani Printing Press, owned by the Adamawa State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aishatu Binani, was awarded N434,372,649 to print election results sheets for the 2023 general elections.

 

This was done despite repeated assurances by the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, that the integrity of the sensitive materials for the election would be ensured.

 

SaharaReporters had on March 8, 2023 reported that Binani boasted that she would win the 2023 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State by all means.

 

In a leaked video, Binani who spoke in Fulfulde language was heard saying that she would clinch the governorship seat, even if by theft.

 

This was done despite repeated assurances by the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, that the integrity of the sensitive materials for the election would be ensured.

 

SaharaReporters had on March 8, 2023 reported that Binani boasted that she would win the 2023 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State by all means.

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In a leaked video, Binani who spoke in Fulfulde language was heard saying that she would clinch the governorship seat, even if by theft.

 

Details of the INEC contract to Binani showed that the governorship result sheets are for Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano, Jamfara and Sokoto states.

 

When contacted by SaharaReporters for reaction, Binani refused to take her calls.

 

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Binani campaign organisation, Salihu Baba Ahmed, when contacted, said, “If any contract was awarded, it is to her company, consisting of many Nigerians. And in any case, is she not eligible to be awarded contracts in this country?”

 

SaharaReporters had two weeks ago reported that the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Adamawa state, Umar Mustapha Madawaki shelved his ambition and declared support for Binani.

Madawaki, who is also known as Otunba Ekiti, had announced that he was no longer in the race for the governorship seat in the state.

 

The LP candidate hinged his decision to pull out of the race on a frosty relationship between him and the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

 

In a Follow up Press Release by INEC to Defend its Decisions on the Contract it said;

                Binani Printing was one of the security printing companies that applied to print security documents for the commission and the commission has carried out due checkup to certify the company and find it worthy to be awarded the contract and Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed name was not part of the directors. It reasons for awarding the contract Binani Printing was toassist local printing press. In a statement signed by Festus Okoye from INEC Facebook handle

 

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The Press Release

On Award of Contract for Printing of Sensitive Election Materials

 

Our attention has been drawn to a news report that the Commission awarded a contract for the printing of sensitive election materials to Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed. It was alleged in the report that she owns Binani Printing Press Limited.

 

Procurements in the Commission go through open competitive bidding and Binani Printing Press Limited was one of the security printing companies that applied to print security documents for the Commission.

 

After inspecting the company’s facility and carrying out due diligence at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the Commission was satisfied that they are qualified printers with the requisite technical capacity, security consciousness and expertise in printing security documents. However, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed was not listed as one of the Directors of Binani Printing Press Limited.

 

The Commission decided to print all the security documents for the 2023 General Election in the country to help Nigerian printers and assist in growing the national economy.

 

The Commission will continue to carry out due diligence in its procurement activities.