Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has emerged as the 2019 governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The Benue governor defeated three other contestants; John Tondo, Paul Orhii and Felix Atume at the primary election.

Zainab Maina, the Chairman of the PDP Electoral Panel for the state, announced that Ortom scored 2,210 votes to emerge the winner, while Tondo got 475 votes and Atume and Orhii polled 44 and 10 votes respectively. No invalid votes were recorded during the election.

Maina said the election was free, fair, peaceful and conducted in accordance with the party’s constitution.

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In his acceptance speech, the governor commended the delegates for re-electing him as the party candidate, adding that he would ensure unity among party members for the progress of PDP.

Governor Ortom promised to carry all aspirants along for growth and development of the state for the future generations to benefit.

Governor Ortom also urged those who lost in the contest to support the party candidates so as to ensure victory in the 2019 general elections.

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