The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) has declared Samuel Ortom, the incumbent governor of Benue State, as winner of the state’s governorship election.
Governor Ortom, who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was re-elected after he won the supplementary election conducted by INEC on Saturday.
The supplementary election was conducted in 204 polling units in 22 Local Government Areas of the state after the Returning Officer for the election declared the initial exercise held on March 9, as inconclusive.
The margin of lead between the two leading candidates in the elections was lesser than the number of cancelled votes, which prompted the re-run.
According to the result declared by Maimako Sebastian, the election’s Returning Officer, on Sunday, Governor Ortom polled a total number of 434,473 votes, while his closest challenger, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered 345, 155 votes.
The PDP candidate had led with 410,576 votes prior to Saturday’s re-run, while the APC candidate trailed with 329,022 votes.