- No fewer than 1000 women have staged a protest at the Sokoto office of INEC, demanding the declaration of Aminu Tambuwal as the duly elected governor of the state
- The women who include young ladies were seen displaying placards with diverse inscriptions
- According to them, the commission's declaration of the election in the state as inconclusive was injustice and unacceptable
Hundreds of women on Tuesday, March 12, embarked on peaceful demonstration demanding the release of the March 9 governorship election result in Sokoto state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The group led by three serving commissioners in the state, A’isha Madawaki, Kulu Abubakar and Hajiya Kulu Sifawa said INEC declaration of the election in the state as inconclusive was injustice and unacceptable.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they called on the electoral body to declare Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the winner of the election without further delay.
Sifawa, who is the commissioner for women affairs, said Tambuwal was duly elected by majority of the votes and run a women friendly government more than any government in the history of the state.
She said they embarked on the peaceful protest to tell the world the position of women in the state and enjoined INEC to declared people’s choice for peaceful coexistence in the state.
The state commissioner for Science and Technology, Kulu Abubakar, said women from the 23 local government areas of the state decided to embark on the protest against injustice.
Abubakar said: “All we need is justice, which is declaration of Tambuwal as the Governor-elect in the interest of peace in the state."
Speaking at the demonstration rally, state PDP women leader, Hajiya Rabi Iyawa, criticised INEC treatment of PDP candidates in the concluded governorship election.
Iyawa alleged that the INEC pronouncement of the election as inconclusive portrayed insincerity of the present government and its agencies and clear abuse of constitutional provisions.
Among the demonstrators were wife of former Sokoto state governor and presidential candidate, Hajiya Jamila Bafarawa, permanent commissioner in Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajiya Fatima Illo, among others.
The policemen barricaded the road going to INEC to prevent the demonstrators from gaining entrance into the INEC office. However, none of the INEC officials responded to the protesters.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the INEC early Monday morning, March 11, declared the governorship election in Sokoto state 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.
Mukthar said the number of registered voters was 1,887,767 while the number of accredited voters was 1,033,081.
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