- The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto state says he abides by INEC's decision to declare the election inconclusive
- Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto restates his decision to abide by the outcome of the election
- The governorship candidate says he has given instruction for the mobilisation of residents of the affected areas ahead of the rerun
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto state, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, on Monday, March 11, said he has accepted the declaration by INEC that the election in the state is inconclusive.
Alhaji Sokoto said he was accepting the decision of INEC in good faith.
“I and my party have accepted the outcome in good faith. If you recall, on the day of election I made it clear after casting my vote that, I will accept any outcome in good faith,” the governorship candidate said.
The Nation reports that Sokoto said this when he spoke at the residence of the chairman, Northern Senators Forum (NSF), Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
“The party, its leaders and supporters are law abiding citizens, as such, we have accepted the decision by INEC, in good faith.
“The action of the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the electoral act, 2010, as amended.
“The declaration of the elections as inconclusive came at a time when the party was leading and we have won more than the two thirds majority of the votes, as required by the law.
“Apt and accurate figures in our possession have shown that, I was already coasting to victory, yet, we directed our peaceful and lawful supporters to halt their celebrations.
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“We have since directed them to embark on immediate, massive mobilization of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in 136 polling units across 22 LGs to be conducted by INEC later,” Aliyu Sokoto, added.
Legit.ng earlier reported how INEC declared the governorship election inconclusive.
The returning officer of INEC, Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, who declared the election inconclusive said that the number of cancelled votes in the state exceeded the winning margin.
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