The All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Sokoto State, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, has urged party supporters to accept INEC declaration of inconclusive polls in the state’s gubernatorial election.
DAILY POST reports that INEC on Sunday declared the March 9 governorship election in Sokoto state inconclusive.
The State Returning Officer said the decision was because the 75, 403 cancelled votes in 136 polling units was higher than the 3, 413 margin between PDP’s score and that of the APC.
Prof. Fatima Muktar, Vice Chancellor, Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa, had declared that Tambuwal polled 489, 558 votes while his closest rival, Aliyu of the APC scored 486, 145 votes.
Aliyu, who spoke to newsmen in Sokoto on Monday, said that the declaration was right.
He said, “Before the formal announcement by INEC on the inconclusive nature of the governorship election, our supporters have started jubilating our victory.
“But the announcement haltered the jubilation, which set to manifest. So we should always remain calm and law-abiding for the true will of the people will soon prevail
“The action of the Chief Returning Officer, who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.
“We have shown a lot of commitment worthy of commendation despite all the harassment, attacks and intimidation we suffered during the election.
“As such, we should all accept the INEC declaration and return back to canvass more support that will ensure our victory during the rescheduled election,” NAN quoted him as saying.