Sokoto gov reverses Tambuwal’s last minute appointments, revokes land allocations

SOKOTO State governor Ahmad Aliyu has overturned the last-minute appointments and some other major decisions taken by his predecessor, Aminu Tambuwal, before leaving office.

The governor also suspended all traditional rulers recently appointed by the immediate-past governor of the state.

Press Secretary to the new governor, Abubakar Bawa, disclosed these while addressing journalists on Tuesday, May 30, at the Government House, Sokoto.

According to him, Aliyu nullified the naming of tertiary institutions and the constitution of governing councils and directed the affected institutions to revert to their former names and locations.

“All the affected institutions are instructed to return to their previous names and locations accordingly,” he said.

Bawa further disclosed that all appointments pertaining to the institutions’ governing councils and recent relocations announced by the previous administration have been invalidated.

Bawa added: “All local government Sole Administrators/Caretaker Committees recently appointed by the immediate-past administration are hereby dissolved and the Sole Administrators are to hand over to the Directors of Administration of their local governments with immediate effect.

“All governing boards of parastatals other than statutory boards are hereby dissolved with immediate effect.

“All land allocations and other related matters made by the out-gone administration in recent weeks are hereby revoked with immediate effect.

“All recent wasteful and unnecessary auction of government assets are hereby suspended and will be revisited in due course.”

The ICIR had on March 20, reported that Aliyu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the March 18 governorship election in Sokoto State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Aliyu won with a total of 453,661 votes, defeating Saidu Umar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who received 404,632 votes, in a close race.

Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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