Sokoto Election: Tribunal Affirms Tambuwal’s Victory As Governor

 

The Sokoto State Election Tribunal has affirmed the victory of Aminu Tambuwal as governor of the state.

The tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Mr. Ahmed Aliyu for lacking in merit and inability to establish non-compliance.

It also resolved the allegations of non-compliance with the electoral act in the conduct of the election against the petitioners for failure to prove same
the evidence of the petitioners’ witnesses, especially witness number 10 is hearsay evidence that cannot be given any value in court to prove any of the allegations.

The tribunal, sitting at the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate court after it was relocated from Sokoto State to Abuja for alleged security reasons, declared the petition as ‘proper in law.’

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On the objections raised by the petitioner against the petition urging it to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit, unanimously, the tribunal dismissed the objections and held that the petition was properly filed.

The Justice Abbas Bawale who led tribunal qually ruled that the petitioners, Aliyu and his party, the APC duly paid the filing fees.

It held that against the argument of the respondents that the petition disclosed the substantial cause of action and was properly signed by the petitioners. It further held that the non-joinder of the running mate to the petitioners is not enough to render the petition incompetent.

Justice Bawale held that the application by the respondent lacks merit and constituted a waste of judicial time.

Tambuwal Appoints New SSG, Reappoints Chief Of Staff

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (file)

 

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has approved the appointment of Saidu Umar as the Secretary to the State Government.

He made the announcement in a statement in a press statement signed by the Director General, Media, and Public Affairs to the state governor Abubakar Shekara,

Mr. Saidu was the State former Commissioner for Finance in the last Executive Council of the state.

Similarly, the Governor has also approved the reappointment of Muktar Umar Magori as Chief of Staff, Government House, Sokoto.

The governor enjoined the appointees to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the people while praying Allah to guide them in their assigned tasks.

Supplementary Elections: Ben Bruce Felicitates With Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed On Their Victories

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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has sent out felicitation messages following the declarations of results for the supplementary elections in Bauchi and Sokoto States.   

Bruce, the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the Senate, took to his Twitter page to congratulate Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed who emerged winners of the elections rerun in Sokoto and Bauchi respectively.

The parliamentarian said that the victory in Sokoto is a sign that Tambuwal had served well.

“Congratulations to my good friend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal. Your successful re-election is proof that you have served well and thus earned another four years from the good people of Sokoto state. To God be the glory,” Bruce Twitted.

Similarly, Senator Bruce stated that Bala Mohammed’s election heralds a new dawn in Bauchi state and a renewed hope for the people.

READ ALSO: Ortom Declared Winner Of Benue Governorship Election

“Congratulations my brother Sen. Bala Mohammed, Governor-Elect, Bauchi State. You achieved this in the midst of intimidation and oppression.

“I am very proud of you. It’s a new day and renewed hope for the great people of Bauchi state.”

Channels Television had earlier reported that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, had been re-elected for a second term.

The state Collation Officer, Professor Fatima Muktar, returned him as the winner of the governorship election on Sunday, a day after supplementary polls were held.

The PDP candidate polled a total of 512,002 votes after the 25,515 votes he got from the supplementary elections were added to the number of votes from the first exercise held on March 9.

His closest rival, Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 511,660 after his 22,444 votes from the supplementary election were added to that of the March 9 election.

In a similar vein, PDP’s Bala Mohammed won the supplementary election in Bauchi State.

Returning Officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced that the PDP candidate polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the APC, Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor polled 5,117.

Prof Kyari, however, noted that he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Sokoto

 

 

The collation of results has started in Sokoto and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Sadiq Musa has declared the center open. 

According to our correspondent, the exercise is being handled by the state collation and returning officer professor Fatima Muktar.

The results are being announced at the Sultan Maccido Institute of Quran and General Studies.

READ ALSO: Police, Army Clash At Rivers INEC Office

Sokoto has 23 Local Government Areas, the race is majorly between the incumbent Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who is seeking a second term in office under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Ahmed Aliyu.

Below are some of the results that have come in, with a focus on the two Major parties in the state.

Rabah LGA

APC 16,535
PDP 13,232

Kware LGA

APC 19,001
PDP 20,011

Silame LGA

APC 12341
PDP 15923

Binji LGA

APC 10,699
PDP 12,367

Bodinga LGA

APC 20,779
PDP 21,416

Tureta LGA

APC 11,454
PDP 13,017

Yabo LGA

APC 16,012
PDP 13,299

Tangaza LGA

APC 16,374
PDP 17,661

Wurno LGA

APC 19,487
PDP 13,592

Nine LGAs called so far. PDP has won 6 of the 9 called while APC has won 3, however, APC leads with 142,682 votes and PDP has 140,518 votes.

Analysis of results so far ….. PDP wins 6 LGAs with slim margins while the 3 LGAs won by APC are with very wide margins.

The collation continues.

Gudu LGA

APC 12,022
PDP 14,901

Isa LGA

APC 16,762
PDP 23,911

Tambuwal LGA

APC 29,081
PDP 42,830

Dange Shuni LGA

APC 23,338
PDP 22,783

Sabon Birni

APC 31,234
PDP 33,395

Sokoto south LGA

APC 36,779
PDP 40,059

Goronyo LGA

APC 20,867
PDP 19,915

Gada LGA

APC 25,433
PDP 20,262

Wammako LGA

APC 34,834
PDP 26,171

Sokoto north LGA

APC 31,230
PDP 35,030

Gwadabawa LGA

APC 24,741
PDP 21,703

Shagari LGA

APC 19,359
PDP 17,959

Sokoto Gets New Deputy Governor

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Mr Manir Dan’Iya has been sworn in as the new deputy governor of Sokoto State.

Dan’Iya was sworn in on Friday, replacing Mr Ahmed Aliyu who resigned to run for the 2019 governorship election in the state under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Aliyu had resigned after Governor Aminu Tambuwal defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At the swearing-in ceremony, held at the International Conference Centre in Sokoto, Governor Tambuwal said his relationship with his former deputy remained cordial.

He prayed for God’s guidance for his new deputy to enable him to discharge his duties diligently.

Declare PDP Winner Of Osun Election, Tambuwal Tells INEC

Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal

 

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the Osun Governorship election.

Governor Tambuwal said the declaration of results as inconclusive by the commission (INEC) is an attempt to suppress the will of the people.

He stated this while meeting with leaders and supporters of the PDP in Minna, Niger State.

Governor Tambuwal said that the people of Osun state like every Nigerian desire a change in governance.

The PDP candidate Adeleke, during the election, led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

A total of 48 candidates contested in the election, which is considered a crucial test for INEC as it was the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

Defection Of APC Governors ‘Pains Us So Much’, Says Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State speaks to journalists in Daura, Katsina State on August 23, 2018

 

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Thursday said the defection of some governors and members of the All Progressives Congress was painful.

He said this in Daura, Katsina State when he led other APC governors to visit President Muhammadu Buhari to felicitate with him in the spirit of the season.

“We had wished that none of them, especially the governors, had left the part. We had wished, and it pains us so much,” Okorocha who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum said.

The pain, he explained, is because they had associated and “related together as brothers”.

All of a sudden, you don’t see one of your own; we feel it,” he added.

The governor was reacting to the recent defections from the party, particularly those of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State; and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

All three governors had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party within a week, starting with Ortom on July 25, Ahmed on July 31 and Tambuwal on August 1.

Although Okorocha described their exit as painful, he believes it had no further effect on the APC.

“(It had) no negative effect whatsoever on the APC,” he said. “Within one week, people had forgotten and we have forged ahead.”

Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, however, waved the defections off, saying it is normal for politicians to defect from parties.

“Parties around the world are associations of persons and, sometimes, others will feel their objectives cannot be met where they are,” he said.

Like Okorocha, he dismissed arguments that the defections had a negative effect on the party.

“What has happened led to more commitment among party members,” the Kebbi State governor said.

Why Saraki, Tambuwal Defected From APC – Tinubu

Why Saraki, Tambuwal Defected From APC – Tinubu

 

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State defected from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party because the APC refused to give them automatic tickets for the 2019 elections.

He said this on Sunday in a statement entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”.

READ ALSO: Saraki, Tambuwal Left APC Because They Wanted Automatic Ticket – Tinubu [Full Text]

According to him, the defectors “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges”.

“Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination,” Tinubu said.

“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left. His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it”.

According to Tinubu, the situation is similar for the Senate President and he claims the PDP promised him the Senate Presidency.

Saraki, Tambuwal Left APC Because They Wanted Automatic Ticket – Tinubu [Full Text]
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu (file)

He said, “Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbours dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide. If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate Presidency. He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate”.

He faulted the arguments of both Saraki and Tambuwal that the APC had failed to live up to expectations.

He said, “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen. Clothed is he in ample power and influence.

“If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.

“However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs”.

 

Tambuwal’s Suit Stalled By His Federal Constituency

TambuwalHearing in the suit filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, seeking to commit the Inspector-General of Police to prison for alleged contempt of court was Thursday, stalled by the people of Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State who filed an application for stay of proceedings.

The Speaker had filed the suit at a Federal High Court following alleged attempts to declare his seat vacant and the withdrawal of his security details following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, the party on whose platform he was elected as the Speaker of the House.

The proceedings was, however, stalled after the Speaker’s constituent, through their lawyers, informed the court that they had filed two separate applications for stay of proceedings in the suit.

Their applications for stay of proceedings were hinged on the notices of appeal filed against the ruling of the court which on Monday disallowed them to be joined as defendants in the suit.

Tambuwal’s lawyer, however, asked the court to adjourn the matter to enable him respond to the applications for stay of proceedings filed by the parties seeking to be joined.

Lawyers to defendants opposed the application for adjournment.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the case to December 9 for hearing of applications seeking leave to appeal, stay of proceedings and the one seeking an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police to appear in court.

Tambuwal Receives APC Presidential Nomination Form

TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, has received the All Progressives Congress’ Presidential Nomination Form bought for him by some of his colleagues in the House.

After he received the form, Tambuwal told reporters that he was still consulting and would let Nigerians know if he would run for presidency in the 2015 general elections.

He thanked his colleagues and explained that the purchase of the form was as a result of his performance as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“I must say that this is almost akin to what happened in 2011. After our general elections and I returned to Abuja after the elections, my colleagues in the House and some some Nigerians after the consideration for us to have a stable, focused and progressive House of Representatives decided that i should come and serve as the Speaker. To God be the glory that with every sense of humility, we have done fairly well so far.

“What you have identified as a trait of leadership in me is coming from the way we have been able to manage the House of Representatives,” Tambuwal said.

“I have accepted to collect this nomination form and go and conclude my consultations and come back to Nigerians soonest on what should be my final position on this matter”.

Honourable Tambuwal defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic on October 28 citing political developments in his state. After the statement, there were rumours that he had interest in the governorship seat of his state.

Spokesman for the Speaker, Mallam Imam Imam, on Thursday confirmed the purchase of the nomination form in a text message to Channels Television.

“Earlier today, some friends and political associates of the speaker notified him that they have bought the forms for him,” he said.

NNPC Not Seeking $1.5Bn Loan, Petroleum Minister Debunks Reports

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke on Monday denied reports that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) planned to take a loan of $1.5 billion.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezini Allison-Madueke

The Minister made the denial when she appeared before the House Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), Aids, Loans and Debt Management and Justice of the House of Representatives probing the proposed loan.

Mrs Allison-Madueke and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu in separate statements before the House Joint Committee claimed that the money in question was not a loan but a forward sales agreement between the Corporation and its trading partners in lieu of the Corporation’s indebtedness to them.

Some of the lawmakers present, however, did not accept the position put forward by the minister, insisting that the explanation given by the executive showed that it was indeed a loan.

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal said the proposed loan was not reflected in the 2013 budget that was presented to the National Assembly and that it was omitted from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

Mr. Tambuwal made the statement while declaring open the public hearing on the said loan by the House Joint Committee.

He added: “The public hearing was in line with the resolve of the Seventh House to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians and also ensure the entrenchment of a policy that the citizenry could be proud of.”

While encouraging the Joint Investigative Committee to do a thorough work on the matter, the Speaker, who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Ishiaka Bawa, expressed optimism that the findings and recommendations of the panel would influence the direction and decisions of the House.

 

Reps threaten to withhold fund from undemocratic Local council administrators

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday cautioned the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and other state governors on their handling of the country’s local government system.

The speaker warned that the National Assembly will move to discourage illegal local government councils by stopping their funding.

Mr Tambuwal sounded this warning against the background of the recent incidence in Imo State.

The Imo State governor had in August sacked the 27 reinstated Local government chairmen from office summarily dissolving the third-tier administration in Imo State and replacing the chairmen with Directors of Administration and General Services (DAGS).

The Speaker while in a meeting with the leaders and members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALCON) at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, said most of the states in the country have been paying lip service to the section of the constitution that guarantee the autonomy of the Local government council.

“What we are thinking of doing in the House of Representatives and I’m sure, by and large the National Assembly is to tie that particular provision with the release of funds to undemocratically installed caretaker committee,” the speaker said.

“I will use this medium to call on the governor of Imo State to please respect the rule of law. If it is about might and power, I’m sure he is not the strongest personality, in terms of physique, that is in Imo state. But God in His infinite wisdom has made him to be the governor of Imo State, through an electoral process put in place by law. He should therefore also respect the law and do the right thing.

“What is happening there in Imo State is actually unacceptable and please; I am pleading; I am joining other Nigerians to plead with him to respect the laws of the land and do the right thing,” Mr Tambuwal said.

The National President of ALGON, Nwabueze Okafor, had appealed to the lawmakers to save the local government so that it can work for the country.

“The time has come for us to decide whether we want the Local government system to operate or whether we want to remove it entirely,” he said.

Mr Okafor said the ready vehicle through which the government can convey the dividend of democracy to all Nigerians is the local government councils. He therefore pleaded with the National Assembly to intervene in saving the councils from the powers of the state governors.