Monday, 19 December 2011

Sokoto governor passed to run in ruling party primary

Sokoto State's incumbent governor, Aliyu Wamako, has successfully navigated the screening process of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the party's Sokoto State gubernatorial primary election which is scheduled to be held on 17th December.

Other candidates who passed the primary screening process are Senator Abubakar Gada and former Minister of Sports Yusuf Suleiman, who resigned his ministerial position a fortnight ago to contest Sokoto's gubernatorial elections.

There had been speculation that Governor Wamako might receive similar treatment to that given to his Bayelsa State counterpart, Timipre Sylva. The Bayelsa incumbent failed the screening test for the November primary and so was unable to contest the election. Suspicions were that Wamako would also be “screened out” to pave the way for Suleiman, who is thought to be the president's preferred candidate for next year's gubernatorial election in Sokoto.

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