Pressure mounts on INEC to declare Tambuwal winner
Barely a few days to the March 23 date for the supplementary election in about six states, pressure has been mounted on the electoral umpire to declare Governor Aminu Tambuwal the re-elected Governor of Sokoto State.
Reports reaching us from Sokoto State confirm that the tension in the seat of the Caliphate is related to questions about why the incumbent governor has not been declared winner of the March 9 governorship election after winning with a clear margin against his closest All Progressives Congress candidate.
A dependable source, who craved for anonymity, revealed that there is tension in the state over the move by the ruling party to stop the former federal speaker for his second term which was given to him freely by the people.
He added that Tambuwal appears to be the popular choice of his people, as indicated in the result, but the ruling party, armed with federal might, is planning to twist the election result in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
“The powers that be should declare Tambuwal as the authentic winner of the March 9 governorship election in Sokoto State.
“The collated result showed that he won the election by the simple majority which is what the constitution provides.
“They should not set the seat of the Caliphate on fire.
“Remember that even President Muhammadu Buhari won his election by the same simple majority.
He was declared winner even when elections were yet to be conducted in areas where the exercise could not hold because of one reason or the other.
“A common man on the street of Sokoto knows that Tambuwal won the election.
“There were so many hurdles the APC, which controls the centre, put before him ahead of the election but he surmounted them all.
“So, what they could not get democratically, they want by all means through the back door in collaboration with INEC.” the source said.
Recall that the electoral body had declared Sokoto governorship election inconclusive over the cancellation of 75,403 votes which were lower than the 3,413 margin difference between the PDP and the ruling party, APC.
According to Fatima Muktar, the Returning Officer for the state, the election was declared inconclusive following the margin of win which was lower than the number of rejected votes.
However, the state governor who is ready to take redress in court if INEC denies him his victory said there was no clause that gave a room for inconclusiveness, quoting section 179 (2) of the amended constitution.
“If INEC did not do the needful, I will approach the court to test the viability of the Commission’s technicality,” Tambuwal declared.