Women protest in Sokoto, ask INEC to declare Tambuwal winner


Hundreds of Women on Tuesday embarked on peaceful demonstration, asking the Independent National Electoral Commission to release the result of the March 9 governorship election in Sokoto State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the protesters were led by three serving commissioners in the state, Prof A’isha Madawaki, Dr Kulu Abubakar and Mrs Kulu Sifawa.

They said INEC’s declaration of the election in the state as inconclusive was unacceptable.

They called on the electoral body to declare the state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, as the winner of the election.

Sifawa, who is the Commissioner for Women Affairs, said Tambuwal was duly elected by majority of the voters.

She said they embarked on the peaceful protest to tell the world the position of women in the state and enjoined INEC to declare the people’s choice for peaceful coexistence in the state.

The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Kulu Abubakar, said women from the 23 local government areas of the state decided to embark on the protest against injustice.

“All we need is justice, which is the declaration of Tambuwal as the governor-elect in the interest of peace in the state,” she said.

The state Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mrs Rabi Iyawa, criticised INEC’s treatment of the PDP candidates in the governorship election.

Iyawa alleged that INEC’s declaration of the election as inconclusive exposed the insincerity of the Federal Government and its agencies.

Among the demonstrators were wife of a former Sokoto State Governor, Jamila Bafarawa; and the Permanent Commissioner in Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board, Fatima Illo, among others.