Activities were reportedly paralysed in Sokoto, the ancient capital of the seat of the caliphate, following the alleged speculation that Governor Aliyu Wamakko’s candidacy would face the same fate as that of his Bayelsa State counterpart in the next Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries slated for December 17.
Tension has been built up in the ancient city, threatening the peaceful atmosphere which the state has been enjoying, after it emerged that there had been a recent petition before the national vice chairman of the PDP, North West Zone, and another one at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja against Wamakko, calling for his disqualification from the governorship race.
Our correspondent gathered that non-natives residing in the state fear they could be attacked.
Yesterday, Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido described the speculation as ‘’unfounded and aimed at destabilising the unity of the party as the most consistent in the country and Africa as a whole. According to him, the president and the entire PDP governors were behind Wamakko’s candidature.
‘’There is no space for the creation of problems within the party. We are a united and indivisible political entity, as a family which is fully behind Wamakko,’’ said Lamido.
Wamakko’s wide endorsement may have doused tension and sealed the lips of those doubting the chances of the Sokoto State incumbent governor, as three days ago, former Minister of Sports, Yusuf Suleiman added to the list of aspirants on the platform of the ruling PDP.
“Wamakko is doing well and we are all convinced that he is a symbol that the party adores and cherishes for his wonderful performance. On this note, I would like to transmit to you (Wamakko) that the president, governors and we in the northwest zone are solidly behind your ambition 100 percent,” he added.