Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Inuwa Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have received their Certificates of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in their states to serve as governors of Sokoto and Gombe states respectively in the next four years.
Tambuwal, Yahaya receive INEC Certificates of Return
Tambuwal, who was earlier declared winner of the governorship election in Sokoto State drew an unprecedented crowd to Sultan Maccido Institute Conference Centre, Sokoto, Thursday, venue of the presentation ceremony.
The National Commissioner of INEC in charge of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states, Amina Zakari presented the INEC Certificate of Return to Governor Tambuwal, his Deputy Manir Dan’lya and the 30 members of the State House of Assembly.
Speaking later, Tambuwal commended INEC for the conduct of successful and violent free elections in the state.
According to Tambuwal, people should not be concerned over the margin of votes difference of 342 between him and his opponent as what was important was that he scored the majority of votes in the first and rerun elections.
In Gombe State, Governor-elect, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya was charged not to betray the trust bestowed on him by the people of the State who elected him into the office.
Alhaji Buba Shettima Arfo, National Commissioner supervising Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe States gave the charge while presenting certificates of return to him and his Deputy, Manasseh Daniel Jatau as well as 24 State House of Assembly members-elect.
Alhaji Shettima Arfo who praised the pace of development of democracy in the country where every vote now counts told the Governor-elect that, “the people have struggled through their votes and you are the expression of that struggle. You must not fail them”.
Earlier, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Gombe State, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim said the election in the State couldn’t have been peaceful and successful without the cooperation and contributions of all stakeholders in the State.
He particularly thanked the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar for the role he played during the political campaigns and the election proper where he rigorously enjoined his people to come out to vote and conduct themselves peacefully.
Responding, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, expressed happiness with the democratic process that brought about the occasion.
He commended the people of the State for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the election and also called on them to continue in that spirit.
Alhaji Inuwa who described his incoming administration as a ” product of true democracy”, extended his hand of fellowship to all those that contested with him but failed. He called on them to join hands with him in taking Gombe to the next level.