- The declaration of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto as winner of the just-concluded governorship election has been rejected by the state chapter of APC
- INEC earlier declared Tambuwal winner of the election after Saturday’s supplementary with a narrow margin of 342 votes
- The APC’s spokeman, Bello Danchadi, said the margin of votes was far less than the registered voters in polling units where elections were not held
The Sokoto state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, March 24, rejected the declaration of Governor Aminu Tambuwal as winner of the just-concluded governorship election in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has earlier declared Tambuwal winner of the election after Saturday’s supplementary with a narrow margin of 342 votes,
The chief collation/returning officer, Fatima Mukhtar, said that Tambuwal of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured the highest votes of 512, 002, defeating his close rival Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of APC, who polled 511, 660 votes.
Addressing a press conference in Sokoto, the APC’s spokeman, Alhaji Bello Danchadi, rejected the declaration on the ground that the process was flawed with irregularities, which he said were duly reported to electoral body.
Danchadi said the margin of 342 votes was far less than the registered voters in polling units where elections were not held, a development which he said contravened the electoral law.
He said the party had also registered its complaints to INE, which included alleged outright rigging perpetrated by the PDP.
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He alleged that some eligible voters at some polling centres were denied voting, and in some places repeated votings were recorded.
According to him, “We draw the attention of INEC to a number of polling units that were cancealed as result of violent attacks by thugs, while others were abitrarily cancealed to please certain political party interests.
” In view of these we deem it necessary to express our disagreement with the action taken by INEC to declare a winner without giving us a fair hearing in our position in the electoral processes. ”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Aminu Tambuwal scored the highest number of votes to win the Sokoto state governorship election.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 512,002 votes following the rerun election which took place on Saturday, March 23.
The incumbent governor defeated Ahmad Aliyu of the APC who polled 511,661 votes. The PDP candidate won with a margin of 342 votes.
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