Two candidates for the Sokoto State House of Assembly election are battling to hold on to their party tickets following moves by various groups in their constituencies to substitute their names ahead of the 2015 general election.
The candidates, Abdulwahab Yahaya and Abdullahi Zakari from Goronyo and Rabah State Constituencies respectively, are facing challenges over their qualifications to contest the coming election.
A group, Sokoto Stakeholders Forum, has already petitioned the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) urging them to stop both Yahaya and Zakari from contesting the election.
Similarly, the group said it would launch a legal battle to deny the duo
the chance to be in the ballot.
Speaking to reporters in Sokoto yesterday, one of the petitioners, Musa Abdullahi Mafara, said the two candidates are disqualified from contesting the elections because they do not have the necessary educational qualifications.
According to him, the two candidates also stand disqualified because they are not registered members of the APC as required by the party’s constitution.