By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
#TrackNigeria: The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto has said the party and his humble self have accepted the declaration of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as inconclusive.
Addressing news men in Sokoto Monday, he said “the party, its leaders and supporters are law abiding citizens, as such, we have accepted the decision in good faith.
“The action of the state collation/returning officer, who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.
“The declaration of the elections as inconclusive came at a time when the party was leading and we have won more than the two thirds majority of the votes, as required by the law.
“Apt and accurate figures in our possession have shown that, I was already coasting to victory, yet, we directed our peaceful and lawful supporters to halt their celebrations .
“We have since directed them to embark on immediate, massive mobilization of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in 136 polling umits, in twenty two local governments at a later date to be fixed by INEC,” Aliyu added.
He decried the flagrant violation of the electoral laws by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during the polls, like open votes buying, use of fake security agents, intimidation and incessant harassment of voters, among others.
Aliyu however lauded the electorate and the supporters of the party for coming out en masse, on March 9,2019, and massively voted for APC Gubernatorial and State Assembly candidates .
He also appealed to them to replicate the invaluable gestures during the planned rerun polls in the state, and expressed optimism,” there is no cause for alarm, victory is ours, in Sha Allahu.”