Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto has been reelected as governor of the state with the slimmest of margins.
Following a supplementary poll on Saturday which took place in polling units across 22 local government areas in the state, Tambuwal received 512,002 votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aliyu Ahmad, who got 511,661 votes. The margin was just 341 votes.
Against all odds: It’s not often that a governor goes into an election in Nigeria as the underdog, but that was the case with Tambuwal who had to contend with powerful forces. Ahmad was previously his deputy when both men were members of the APC. Tambuwal however defected last year to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Ahmad remained to take him on with the support of the influential former governor of the state, Aliyu Wamakko (now a senator). Also, Sokoto is one of those states that President Muhammadu Buhari won in he February polls.