INEC Declares Benue Election Inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Governorship election in Benue State inconclusive.
Collation of election had started and the incumbent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Ortom, was leading before the Returning Officer of the state’s governorship election, Professor Sabastine Maimako, declared the exercise inconclusive.
He told the media, party agents and observers gathered at the collation centre that the election was declared inconclusive because areas where election did not take place had a voting strength of 121,019 while the margin between two leading candidates stood at 81,554.
Governor Ortom scored a total of 410, 576 votes in 23 local government areas of the state while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Emmanuel Jime polled 329, 022.
They were followed by the PRP’s candidate, Rev. Fredrick Ikyaan, who polled a total of 26,659 votes.
With the results already announced, by INEC, the PDP had a total of 81,554 votes ahead of the APC which won in 11 LGAs.
The PDP won 12 LGAs.
Maimako said there were a total of 2,480, 131 registered voters while 816,969 were accredited voters.
The total valid votes was put at 790,102 while total rejected votes were 14, 560 and total vote cast stood at 804,662.
INEC said the election date would be set latter.
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