The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Aliyu and Senator Aliyu Wamakko have called Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 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 Tambuwal winner of the election.
He won by a small margin of 342 votes.
Aliyu was Tambuwal’s deputy until Tambuwal dumped the All Progressives Congress to join his old PDP, in order to run for the presidential election. Aliyu resigned and became the candidate of the APC to run against his former boss.
Wamakko was Tambuwal’s predecessor, who eased Tambuwal’s path to become governor in 2015.
According to the Chief Collation/Returning Officer, Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, Tambuwal of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured the highest votes of 512, 002, defeating his close rival Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 511, 660 votes.
” PDP candidate, Aminu Tambuwal having scored the highest votes in the election, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected according to law,” Mukhtar said.
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.
The election then was declared inconclusive because the vote difference between Tambuwal and his challenger was lower than the cancelled votes.
The total number of registered voters was 1, 887, 767 while 1, 083, 413 voters were accredited.
The 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.