Samuel Ortom Wins Benue Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hasdeclaredtheBenue State Governor and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Ortom as winner of the just concluded supplementary governorship election in the state.

Mr Ortom, who recently defected to the PDP, defeated his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 31 other contestants.

Declaring the result, the state returning officer, Sebastain Maimako, said Mr Ortom polled a total of 434,473 votes to beat Mr Jime who got 345,155 votes.

Before the supplementary election, Mr Ortom had scored 410,576 votes and had a lead of 81,554 votes over Mr Jime who had scored 329,022 votes.

The supplementary election was held in 204 polling units in 22 local governments, which had a total of 121,299 registered voters.


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