The symbolic handing over of instruments of authority did not take place in Sokoto State yesterday as the outgone governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal did not attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new governor, Dr Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.
No official of his government also attended the ceremony.
However, the oath of office was administered to the governor and his deputy by the chief judge of the state, Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa.
In his inaugural speech, Aliyu vowed to review some of the policies of the former administration.
Aliyu, while elaborating on the 9-point agenda of his government, said he would give priority to security, health and poverty eradication.
He called on members of the opposition to join hands with him to develop the state while soliciting for prayers from the people of the state to succeed in executing their mandate.
The event was attended by the immediate past minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi; the leader of APC in the state, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko; as well as former deputy governors Abdullahi Chiso Dattijo and Mukhtari Shagari, respectively.
Others were the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; former ambassadors from the state, leaders of APC, federal and state lawmakers, and diplomatic corps among others.