…APC challenger, Sen. Wamakko, congratulate Tambuwal
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
After a tough political fight with his former deputy, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was on Sunday re-elected for a second term in office with the slimmest margin of 342 votes over that of his challenger, Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress.
And, in a swift display of political sportsmanship, the defeated APC candidate, Ahmed Aliyu immediately conceded defeat, called and congratulated his former boss, according to the government House Sokoto.
In the same vein, the man many describe as the leader of the Sokoto political family, Senator Aliyu Wamakko has also called Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party to congratulate him on his victory in the election.
The Twitter handle of the Sokoto Government House revealed the congratulatory calls, moments after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) formally declared Mr Tambuwal winner of the election.
It will be recalled that Aliyu was Tambuwal’s deputy until the governor defected to the PDP in a bid to contest for the presidential polls, forcing Aliyu to resign and take up the APC governorship mantle in the state.
The election that threw up Tambuwal for the second term in office was initially declared inconclusive when it was first held on March 9, 2019, prompting the rerun held on Saturday.
Announcing the result in the state capital, the Chief Collation/Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, said that Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured the highest votes of 512, 002, defeating Mr Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 511, 660 votes.
She declared: “PDP candidate, Aminu Tambuwal having scored the highest votes in the election, is hereby declared winner and returned elected according to law”.
Mukhtar, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, said the votes were tallied along with previous ones recorded after the March 9 election.
According to the returning officer, the total number of registered voters was 1, 887, 767 while 1, 083, 413 voters were accredited.
Total number of valid votes was 1,036,332 and the total number of rejected votes was 31, 662. The number of total votes cast was 1, 067, 994, Mukhtar said.
According to her, during the re-run election, PDP’s Tambuwal polled 22, 444 votes while APC’s Aliyu scored 25, 515 in the 135 polling units where supplementary elections were conduced.
The returning officer said that 49 candidates from other participating parties shared the remaining votes cast.