Hundreds of Women on Tuesday, thronged the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Sokoto, demanding the declaration of Aminu Tambuwal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 9 governorship election as the winner.
The group led by three serving Commissioners in the state; Professor A’isha Madawaki, Kulu Abubakar and Kulu Sifawa, said INEC’s declaration of the election as inconclusive was injustice and unacceptable.
They called on the electoral body to declare the incumbent governor winner without further delay.
Sifawa, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, said Tambuwal , who he said runs a more women friendly government than any past administration, was duly elected by majority of the electorate.
She said they embarked on the peaceful protest to tell the world of women’s position on the matter. Sifawa enjoined INEC to declared the former house of speaker as winner for peaceful coexistence in the state.
Abubakar, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, said women from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state decided to embark on protest against injustice.
“All we need is justice, which is declaration of Tambuwal as the Governor-elect in the interest of peace in the state” Abubakar said.
Speaking at the demonstration rally, the state PDP Women leader, Rabi Iyawa, criticized INEC’s treatment of the PDP candidate in the election.
Iyawa alleged that the electoral umpire’s pronouncement of the election as inconclusive portrayed insincerity of the present national government and its agencies.
The INEC on Sunday had declared the governorship election in Sokoto State inconclusive.
The State Returning Officer said the decision was because the 75, 403 cancelled votes in 136 polling units, was higher than the 3, 413 margin difference between Tambuwal’s score and that of the APC candidate.
Professor Fatima Muktar, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa, had declared that Tambuwal polled 489, 558 votes, while his closest rival, Ahmad Aliyu of the APC, scored 486, 145 votes.
The policemen barricaded the road leading to INEC office, to prevent the demonstrators from gaining entrance into the premise.