The immediate past governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, has been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election, beating 29 other contestants.
His trajectory follows that of his counterpart Murtala Nyako who was sacked at the Supreme Court alongside Bayelsa’s Timipre Sylva and Cross River’s Liyel Imoke, but who won the following election.
Announcing the results in Sokoto on Sunday, the Chief Returning Officer, Prof Abdullahi Zuru, said that Wamakko polled 518,247 votes to beat his closest rival, Alhaji Yusha’u Ahmed of the ANPP, who polled 131, 048 votes.
Zuru said the CPC candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Yabo, came third with 7, 323 votes.
He said Wamakko scored 71.18 per cent of the 728,108 votes cast in the election.
Zuru, who is the Vice Chancellor of Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aleiro, noted that 43, 618 votes were invalid.
According to INEC, the state has 2,453, 857 registered voters.