Erstwhile Secretary to Sokoto State Government (SSG), Mallam Sa’idu Umar (Mallam Ubandoman Sokoto) has emerged as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial standard-bearer in the state.
In the same token, the former Commissioner for Environment in the state, Hon. Sagir Bafarawa, who also took a shot at the position, will now be the running mate to Alhaji Umar.
By unanimous arrangement, the current Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Manir Muhammad Dan Iya has been allotted the choice of contesting for a senatorial position in the state.
In the exercise superintended by Dr Tom Zakari from the party’s national headquarters, Alhaji Umar polled 695 votes from a total of 755 delegates.
Other aspirants for the gubernatorial slot who ceded their interests to Alhaji Umar were a former Deputy Governor in the state, Hon. Mukhtar Shagari and the current PDP chairman of the state, Hon. Bello Aliyu Goronyo.
Speaking at the intra-party poll held at the International Conference Centre, Kasarawa, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal thanked the delegates for the smooth conduct of the exercise right from the state Assembly to the National Assembly and governorship primaries.
He commended the members and leaders of the PDP in the state for their patriotism and loyalty
in all of the processes, assuring that he would work assiduously in order to ensure that the party win all the seats in the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
He also commended the officials that came from the national headquarters of the PDP and staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who conducted and monitored the exercise respectively.
In his address, the Sokoto state PDP chairman, Alhaji Bello Aliyu Goronyo thanked the governor for giving all the necessary support and cooperation to the party.
While congratulating all the winners of primary elections in various seats of the party he also thanked the party supporters for the cooperation