The Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed the nomination of Governor Waziri Tambuwal as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto State for the 2019 election.
Tambuwal dumped President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress months ago and ran unsuccessful in the presidential primary won by Atiku Abubakar.
The emergence of Tambuwal as the governorship candidate followed the substitution of Manir Muhammad Dan’iya whose name was previously submitted as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, INEC, Mr Festus Okoye made the disclosure in a chat with Sunday Telegraph.
He said by the substitution, Manir Mohammad Dan’Iya is now the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Sokoto State.
“As you are aware, by the provisions of Section 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), a candidate validly nominated by a political party may withdraw his candidature by a notice in writing, signed by him and delivered by himself to the political party that nominated him for the election and such a political party shall convey his withdrawal to the INEC.
“So it is the responsibility of political parties to nominate candidates for elections but such a party can withdraw a candidate properly nominated, if the candidate withdraws his candidature by a notice in writing signed by himself and delivered to the political party that nominated him.
“As at yesterday (Friday), the PDP carried out a substitution in relation to their governorship candidate for Sokoto State. They have now nominated Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the governorship candidate of the PDP for Sokoto State,” Okoye said.