Tambuwal Wants US Intervention In Sokoto Governorship Election
Tambuwal lost to Atiku Abubakar in the PDP presidential primary election in October

Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal has alerted the United States over alleged plot to harass electorate during governorship and state assembly elections in the state on Saturday, March 9.

Tambuwal, who is seeking a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the appeal on Thursday when he received the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, in Sokoto.

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According to the governor, leaders and loyalists of the PDP were harassed during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly polls.

He told Symington that many PDP members were hounded and arrested by security agents on the Election Day.

“Our appeal is to ensure the electorate in whatever political parties are not intimidated or terrorised,” he said.

“Because our people were intimidated to the extent of failing to discharge their civic duties in the remaining elections, scheduled for March 9.

“As such, I want appeal to the US Envoy to call on the Nigerian government to allow the will of the people be granted during the forthcoming Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

“The opposition has engaged in post-election violence, with attacks on citizens and razing many properties and houses within and outside the metropolis in the state, in a show of terror against perceived opponents and non-partisan members of the public.”

Symington had earlier said that he was in Sokoto to encourage more peaceful atmosphere through out the electioneering period and beyond.