From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Mixed reactions enveloped Sokoto state political atmosphere over the missing of the state governor’s name in the governorship list released last week by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the state.
The issue which has become the major subject of discussion among residents in various public gatherings and meeting points as well as newspaper reading groups, among others.
Our correspondent in the state gathered that INEC’s stand has continued to generate heated debates, political discussions not only among the residents but also among the two major parties’ supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress among others.
It was also gathered that there are anxiety and worry especially among supporters of the PDP whose INEC’s decision has not favoured, while the All Progressives Congress is trying to maintain its leading opposition on the issue.
The disturbed residents who cannot hide their feelings of emotion expressed their worry when they noticed that the name of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is not on the list of candidates contesting for the number one seat in Sokoto state.
Also, a cross-section of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),supporters interviewed expressed dismay on the issue and urged the party’s stakeholders to enlighten the teeming electorate in the state on the development.
Our correspondent in the state further reports that the list which was displayed at the office of the INEC in the state showed that Manir Dan’iya is listed as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Alhaji Dan’iya, who is the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development in the state, was anointed to contest the number one seat on the platform of the PDP in the state.
According to the list, 34 candidates would contest for the seat but sources within the Commission said the candidates are up to 50.
“There are more candidates and these credentials would be displayed this week,” the source assured.
Also gathered is that among the governorship candidates is Hajiya Salamatu Isa Abdullahi who is contesting under the Progressives Party Alliance (PPA).
Reacting to the issue, the PDP Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma said, “no cause for alarm” as there is still time for substitution.
Milgoma therefore advised the party supporters to be patient and remain peaceful and work hard for the victory of the party in the forthcoming general elections.