The Sokoto state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reacted to the rejection of the state governorship election results by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Aminu Tambuwal, the incumbent governor and chieftain of the PDP narrowly emerged victorious in the controversial polls by 341 votes on Monday 25th of March, 2019. The development has elicited an angry response from members of the APC who have since rejected the results.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Sokoto, Abdullahi Yusuf Hausawa, accused the APC of mobilizing over 5 billion naira to rig the election.
“With the declaration of the election as inconclusive as a favour to the opposition APC, the party use the period to garner the support of neighbouring states and source over five billion naira through the treasuries of two states of Zamfara and Kebbi as well as some selected Federal Government Agencies.”
“These monies were used to facilitate the vote-buying spree of up to thirty thousand naira and a bag of rice per vote, which is unprecedented in the history of elections not only in Sokoto state but in the whole country.”
“The vote buying phenomenon created and started by the APC, a party claiming to be fighting corruption further testified to the fact that the APC and its government is aiding and abetting corruption up to the grassroots level.”
The statement also accused the APC of importing thugs from neighbouring states to alter the electoral process in its favour.
“The unsubstantiated outright rigging by PDP as claimed by the opposition APC, the question here is who rigged who? With the massive deployment of ten units of Mobile Police from Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Lagos states and FCT, and in addition to about 250 DSS Personals in favour of APC, in order to harass, intimidate and instill fear in the minds of peaceful and good people of Sokoto state there is no way our party can even attempt to rig an election in which we have confidence that by the will of Allah, the victory is ours.”
“This is notwithstanding hiring of political thugs from the neighbouring states of Kebbi and Zamfara, publicly brandishing their dangerous weapons to endanger the lives of the innocent voters in Kebbe, Tambuwal, Rabah, Tureta and Goronyo Local Governments.”
“With the PDP and its candidate’s victory, the ‘ALU PHENOMENON’ has finally been demystified and given final befitting burial by the people of Sokoto State.”
It is currently unclear if the APC will be taking the PDP to court over the Election.