Tambuwal Goes Into Self-Isolation After Contacts With COVID-19 Patients

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal


Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has gone into self-isolation after contacts with some persons who tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor in a statement said “Following my official trips in the past few days, during which I was in close contact with some personalities, some of whom have tested positive to COVID-19, I have been medically advised to go into self-isolation.

As a result, I will withdraw from official and physical engagements for the period prescribed by the COVID-19 protocols, with effect from Friday, Dec. 18, 2020”.

He noted that in his absence the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Manir Muhammad Dan’Iya (Walin Sokoto), will carry on all official functions as laid down in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

During this period, “I will subject myself to the prescribed testing procedure as required by the Sokoto State Task Force on COVID-19, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols.

“In due course, I shall avail you all with the outcome”.

Meanwhile, I want to use this medium to urge the good people of our state to adhere and observe all the protocols laid down by the relevant health bodies in the prevention and management of COVID-19.

He used the opportunity to solicit prayers in these trying times. “May Allah continue to bless the good people of Sokoto State and Nigeria”.

Tambuwal Presents N176bn 2021 Budget To Sokoto Assembly

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal


Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal has presented over N176bn (one hundred and seventy-six) billion naira to the state House of Assembly as the 2021 budget proposal.

The budget document tagged the budget of consolidation and socio-economy emancipation has 54 percent for capital expenditure and 46 percent set aside for recurrent spending.

The education sector got the highest budget amounting to over (thirty-eight billion naira followed by Health, and Agriculture sectors.

The governor said the budget will focus on the urban renewal projects which require the construction of the third flyover at Gidan Man Ada and the completion of the two earlier awarded.

According to him, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by floods will also be given adequate attention.

Governor Tambuwal lamented the negative impact of security challenges facing the state couple with the effect of the flood that affects farmers in the state

He sought the cooperation and collaboration of the State Assembly to put the overall interest of the before any political interest in order to facilitate the attainment of growth and development of Sokoto state.

Edo 2020: Wike, Tambuwal, Makinde Other PDP Leaders Gather In Benin


Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, among others are currently in Benin, Edo State capital campaigning for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The leaders are gathered at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City for the party’s mega rally ahead of Edo State gubernatorial election.

Spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan at the rally appreciated supporters for massively supporting Obaseki.

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Other leaders at the event include Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel; former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha; Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Raymond Dopkepsi, among others.

The party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election also at the event urged the electorate to troop out and vote Obaseki on September 19, the date of the election.

Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman in his speech said victory is assured for Obaseki considering the number of bigwigs who have thrown their weight behind him.

Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Challenging Tambuwal’s Victory As Sokoto Governor


The Supreme court has dismissed an appeal filed by Ahmed Aliyu challenging the election of Aminu Tambuwal as Governor of Sokoto state.

The petitioners, Aliyu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged non-compliance with the electoral act in the conduct of the election.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, the apex court dismissed the appeal on the ground that the appellant failed to prove his allegation of non-compliance with the electoral act and issues of over-voting.

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Mr Tambuwal was re-elected for a second term after supplementary polls were held.

He 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.

Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is a former Deputy Governor, polled 511,660 after his 22,444 votes from the supplementary election were added to that of the March 9 election.

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.

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“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.

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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


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”.

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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”.