Tambuwal Petitions INEC Over Listing Of Concluded Polling Units Supplementary
By Our Correspondent
Governor of Sokoto State and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Sokoto South Senatorial Elections, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, CFR has sent a strongly worded petition to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the listing of polling units where elections had been concluded and results declared for the April 15, 2023 supplementary elections.
In a petition to INEC written on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr. S.I. Ameh SAN, Governor Tambuwal stated as follows:
(1) Consequent upon the Commission’s publication of the areas slated for the April 15th 2023 rerun across the country, our Client’s attention was drawn to certain Polling Units under his Senatorial District, where elections were successfully conducted, concluded and results validly announced and collated in Forms EC8B (1). To our Client’s surprise and chagrin, some of the Polling Units in question where Elections were duly concluded have now suddenly resurfaced as part of the places listed for the said proposed Rerun.
(2) We have for the purposes of verification, your urgent attention and intervention compiled the list of the affected Polling Units and urge you to delist the said Polling Units from the list of Polling Units where a rerun Election will take place on the 15th day of April, 2023 in view of the fact that elections cannot be conducted twice in a Polling Unit, which had no issues. Attached are the various Forms EC8B (1) properly highlighted, and an itemized summary of the affected Polling Units, for ease of reference.
(3) We do hope that these obvious irregularities are cured, especially having brought them to your notice and attention promptly and within time.
A source close to the governor told News Point Nigeria that, they strongly believe the listing of the concluded polling units is the latest in the well-laid and orchestrated plan against the Sokoto helmsman.
He alleged that the February 25, 2023 Sokoto South Senatorial Election was the target of internal and external forces bent on extracting a pound of flesh from Governor Tambuwal.
“Tambuwal was leading comfortably and was awaiting his formal declaration. All of a sudden, violence erupted in some polling units, giving the compromised Resident Electoral Commissioner and field officers the excuse to declare the election inconclusive.
“In their haste and determination to complete their evil design, they still included polling units where elections have been concluded in the list for supplementary elections.
“It is expected that INEC will take a critical look at the list for supplementary elections in Sokoto South Senatorial Zone, clean it up and without delay release the authentic list.
“INEC is also expected to identify their officers involved in this electoral fraud. Meting out exemplary punishment to them will help break the cycle of impunity and restore the confidence of the people in the electoral process,”, he concluded.