Supplementary elections: APC kicks as INEC declares Tambuwal winner in Sokoto

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State has rejected the results of the governorship election after the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) declared governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) winner.

According to INEC, Tambuwal, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives,, won a second term with a slim margin of 342 votes, polling 512,002 votes to defeat his erstwhile deputy, Ahmed Aliyu of the APC, who garnered 511,660 votes.

The PDP had won the March 9 governorship election with 3,413 votes scoring 489,558 votes in the inconclusive poll while the APC polled 486,145. The APC, however, won the supplementary election scoring 25,515 votes to PDP’s 24,444.

Announcing the final results of the election on Sunday, the state Returning Officer, Prof. Fatimah Mukhtar, said the total registered voters were 1,887,767 and accredited voters, 1,083,413.
She put the votes cast at 1,067,994 while the number of rejected votes was 31,662.
Declaring Tambuwal the winner of the poll, the returning officer said, “Aminu Tambuwal having satisfied the constitutional requirements, is hereby declared the winner of the election.”
The hall erupted with shouts of Allahu Akbar (God is great) and Sai Mutawalle,’the governor’s traditional title.

The Resident Electoral Officer, Mallam Sadiq Musa, had earlier said the declaration of the winner would be based on a simple majority.
Before the winner was announced, there was apprehension over the late collation and transmission of results from the Kebbe Local Government Area which forced Mukhtar to suspend the declaration of the results around 3.45am on Sunday till 9am.
The results from the local government were considered vital on account of its dense voter population of 20,015 and the high number of polling units put at 35.
Meanwhile, the governor has dedicated his victory to “the resilience and unalloyed trust the people of the state reposed” in his administration.

But the APC in Sokoto State has rejected the results of the governorship election.
Similarly, the Chairman, APC Governorship Campaign Council, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, denied that Senator Aliyu Wamakko and the APC candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, had called Tambuwal and congratulated him on his victory.

Dingyadi described such news as being circulated in the social media as malicious and false.
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Sambo Danchadi, said, “The so-called winning margin of 342 votes is far less than the number of the registered voters in the polling units where elections were not held, which is in contravention of the electoral law.

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