Sokoto APC’s stolen mandate will be retrieved’
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The chairman of the Sokoto State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida, Turakin Achida, has assured supporters that the party’s gubernatorial mandate stolen by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under th supervision of Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal would soon be retrieved.
This is contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Achida and issued to newsmen in Sokoto while reacting to recent allegations that the APC’s bid to use the prowess of some federal agencies, during the 2019 governorship polls, against the PDP had failed.
The chairman averred: “Such deluded and misplaced outcries by Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal, are inefficacious, just as they are immaterial and ineffectual.
“Nobody had used the powers or prowess of any federal agency, rather, the teeming supporters of the party and the electorate, statewide had cast their votes massively for the APC candidates at all levels.
“The massive and colossal votes cast for our candidates, at all levels, including President Muhammadu Buhari, showed that the people love and cherish the APC and it remains the party to beat.
“The electorate had since lost confidence in the PDP which had fielded expired and lesser candidates who lacked even the least of support.
“The APC is extremely optimistic that the stolen mandate would be retrieved at the Gubernatorial Election Tribunal, which is expected to commence sitting in Sokoto, soon.
“Governor Tambuwal lacks the moral audacity to continue to euphorically cling to the seat, as he knows he was never elected by the people of the state.”
The statement recalled that the recent governorship elections were marred by myriad of dastardly flaws and electoral offences like vote buying, over voting, ballot box snatching and stuffing, as well as intimidation, non use of card reader machines, duplication of votes and outright disenfranchisement of thousands of voters across the state, among others.
It in the same vein, recalled that there were many glaring infractions and violations of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Laws of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It similarly said there were several other acts of pre and post election violence, intimidation, flagrant misuse of public funds to induce voters, compromise by some electoral officials and the various security agencies.
“It is humorous and ironical for a governor to be purportedly declared as winner of a poll with a vote difference of a paltry 342 votes, against his opponent who had since won the election, but, for the obnoxious infractions and daylight robbery being orchestrated by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his dead party, the PDP,” the statement added.