- Sokoto PDP chairman has reacted to the allegations that Governor Tambuwal is now the party’s guber candidate
- He said the allegations are baseless as the party’s elected candidate has not been replaced
- The party chairman, however, said the party would formally announce any change if any in future
The Sokoto state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma on Tuesday, October 9, dispelled rumour that the party’s 2019 election flag-bearer, Alhaji Mannir Dan-iya has been substituted.
Speaking to newsmen in Sokoto, the state party chairman said the rumour that Dan-iya had been substituted by Governor Tambuwal after he failed to secure party’s presidential ticket was unfounded.
Milgoma explained that at present Dan-iya remained the party’s 2019 governorship candidate noting that there was still time to substitute candidate according to the law.
The chairman said the party would formally announce any change if any in future noting that substitution had processes which must be complied with based on electoral guidelines.
Milgoma explained that the event held on October 7 at the state party’s headquarters was to express Governor Tambuwal’s appreciation over the support he enjoyed at PDP Presidential primary election in Port Harcourt.
According to him, party members are still united and will continue to support any person that emerged victorious during the concluded primaries and urged loyalists to work toward ensuring maximum success of all party candidates in coming elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that speculations were going round that the party had conducted fresh primary and produced Tambuwal as governorship candidate at the 11th hour on October 7, to comply with INEC deadline on conducting primary elections.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the deputy governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu, emerged as the flag-bearer of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 governorship election.
Announcing the result on Monday, October 1, in Sokoto, the chairman of the APC gubernatorial primary election in the state, Alhaji Sulaiman Abubakar, said the election was contested by four aspirants.
Abubakar said that a total of 3,606 votes were cast out of the 4,600 votes during the primary election.
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