Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto
Three serving female commissioners in the cabinet of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto led a procession of women groups in the state on a peaceful demonstration to the INEC headquarters in Sokoto State on Tuesday afternoon.
The trio, Prof. A’isha Madawaki, Dr. Kulu Abubakar and Hajia Kulu Sifawa, described INEC’s declaration of the governorship election ‘inconclusive’ as injustice; and called on the electoral body to declare Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the winner.
Also in the procession were the state PDP Women Leader, Hajia Rabi Iyawa; and Hajia Jamila Bafarawa, a wife of former Sokoto State Governor/presidential candidate; Permanent Commissioner in Sokoto State Basic Education Board, Hajia Fatima Illo, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that INEC on Sunday had 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 Tambuwal’s score and that of the APC candidate.
Prof. Fatima Muktar, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, had declared that Tambuwal polled 489,558 votes, while his closest rival, Ahmad Aliyu of the APC, scored 486,145 votes.
NAN reports that policemen barricaded the road going to INEC to prevent the demonstrators from gaining entrance into the Commission’s office.
However, none of the INEC officials responded to the protesters.
(Additional reports from News Agency of Nigeria)