Former Sokoto State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, was lucky for the third time yesterday as he won last Saturday’s governorship election in Sokoto State.
According to the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Wamakko won in all the 23 local government areas of the state.
The results which were declared at the Sultan Muhammadu Maccido Institute for Qur’anic and General Studies in Sokoto, by the INEC Returning Officer for the polls, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, showed that Wamakko polled 518,247 votes out of the total 728,108 votes cast. Wamakko’s votes represent 71.8 per cent of the entire votes cast.
According to INEC, Wamakko scored two- thirds of the votes cast while his closest opponent, Alhaji Yuhe’u Ahmed Kebbe of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) polled 131,048 votes and secured 35 per cent of the votes.
Wamakko has officially accepted his declaration, saying that his victory was the will of God.Meanwhile, spontaneous protest has trailed the declaration of Wamakko as winner of the poll. A few property were reportedly burnt in the ancient city of Sokoto. It took the intervention of the joint security operatives to restore peace to the seat of the Caliphate.
The ANPP and its candidate have rejected the results of the election. Kebbe told journalists that the results did not reflect the wishes of the people.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan described the re-election of Wamakko as a demonstration of the people’s uanalloyed confidence in the PDP.