The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Aminu Tambuwal, the incumbent governor, as winner of the governorship election in Sokoto state.
Governor Tambuwal, who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was re-elected after he won the supplementary election conducted by INEC on Saturday.
The supplementary election was conducted in 135 polling units in 22 Local Government Areas of the state after the Returning Officer for the election declared the initial exercise held on March 9, as inconclusive.
The margin of lead between the two leading candidates in the elections was lesser than the number of cancelled votes, which prompted the re-run.
According to the result declared by Fatimah Mukhtar, the election’s Returning Officer, on Sunday, Governor Tambuwal polled 25,515 votes in the supplementary election, while his closest challenger, Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), garnered 22,444 votes.
In total, the PDP candidate secured a total number of 512,002 votes, while the APC candidate had 511,660 votes.
The PDP candidate had led with 410,576 votes prior to Saturday’s re-run, while the APC candidate trailed with 329,022 votes.
Governor Tambuwal won with a margin of 342 votes.