Sokoto PDP faction rejects governorship primary result

Sokoto PDP faction rejects governorship primary result

Thursday, December 25, 2014 8:00 pm

A faction of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State on Thursday rejected the results of the state’s governorship primary conducted on 8 December.

The three-man electoral panel which conducted the election and declared the results was headed by Sen. Usman Dukku.

The election was won by Sen. Abdallah Wali, who polled 547 votes, while the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, got a vote, even though he withdrew from the race.

Sen. Abubakar Gada got 193 votes, while the former Minister of Transport as well as Sports , Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, got no vote, as boycotted the poll.

The trio of Shagari, Suleiman and Gada had petitioned the national leadership of the party, calling for the cancellation of the results and the conduct of fresh polls.

They cited some irregularities which they alleged marred the elections, alleging that, it was illegal as ” ghost” delegates were substituted with the original 984 accredited delegates.

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, recently told news men that the election results still stood.

” As far as we are concerned, there was an election which was won by Wali, and we are ready for the 2015 general polls even now, ” Milgoma, added.

However, addressing news men in Sokoto on Thursday, a faction of state executives of the party dissociated themselves from the election.

The group spoke through the state’s organising secretary of the party, Alhaji Usman Yabo.

” As far as we are concerned, there was no gubernatorial election in Sokoto State, and we are hereby dissociating ourselves from its results. We are calling on the national leadership of the party to dispassionately and urgently attend to the petitions which arose from it and we want it cancelled.

” We are however law abiding members of the party and we therefore want the national leadership of the party to employ its internal mechanism to resolve the impasse,” Yabo, stressed.

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