No fewer than 18 political parties are set to contest the governorship election in Sokoto State.

This is according to information displayed by the Independent National Electoral Commission in its office in Sokoto.

Two political parties are fielding two female deputy governorship candidates for the first time.

They include Hannatu Muhtar who is the deputy governorship candidate on the platform of the Action Peoples Party and Hauwa’u Bello who is the running mate on the platform of Allied Peoples Movement.

Meanwhile, when our correspondent visited the INEC office, apart from the candidates of All Progressive Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, which has Saidu Umar and Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.

Others include Isiyaku Bello of the ADC, Abubakar Haruna of APM, Habibu Muhammed of Zenith Party, Ibrahim Muhammed Mansur Gada of APGA and Goronyo Ibrahim of Boot Party.

It also includes Dahiru Umar Tambuwal of NNPP, Muhammad Saidu Gumburawa of PRP, Daniya Usama Sani of YPP, Imam Abdulrahim Chindo of Labour Party while National Rescue Movement present Aliyu Sulaiman DanDauda.

Action Alliance presents Ahmad Ahmad Jao, ADP has Nasiru Sarki Larabawa, SDP has Umar Abdul-Razak, African Action Congress with Ahmad Babajo Ibrahim and Abba Sidi Ahmed for Action Peoples Party.

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