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Sokoto: Tambuwal scales through the skin of his teeth

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Aminu Tambuwal’s entry into governorship race of Sokoto State after he failed to get the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the presidency came with mixed feelings as to whether he would make it or not.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal

This was especially because he had parted ways with his perceived political godfather, SenatorAliyu Wamakko, who had fielded Tambuwal’s former deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

It became so uncertain who would win the Guber election, considering for example that Wamakko who is known to have a very good following in the state had used his goodwill to enthrone Tambuwal as governor in 2015. However, after Governor Tambuwal defected to the PDP it turned into a battle of wits between the godfather and godson.

Tambuwal was especially helped by his massive works in health, education and agriculture.

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Interestingly both sides used the power of women with the two parties unleashing their wives in house-to-house campaigns with gifts to housewives.

The March 9th governorship contest was so keen that 3,413 votes divided the two major candidates causing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the polls inconclusive. This was because the 75,403 cancelled votes were more than the difference between the two sides.

While the APC scored 486,145 in the March 9th governorship elections and the PDP scored 489,558, the combined votes at the end of collation yesterday, gave Tambuwal a total of 512,002 votes and Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 511,660 votes. The votes margin is 342.

In the supplementary elections that took place Saturday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 25,515 votes in the 136 polling units cancelled in 22 local governments of the state, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 22,444 votes.

The State Collation/Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Batul Mukhtar, therefore, declared Tambuwal as the winner of Sokoto Guber polls with a simple majority vote of 342.

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