Ortom Wins Benue State Governorship Election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been able to retain the leadership of another state after supplementary elections held by the electoral body.
Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State was re-elected for a second term in office at the end of the state's supplementary election held over the weekend.
The Returning Officer in the state, Professor Maimako Sebastian, declared Governor Ortom the winner on Sunday.
He polled 434,473 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, who got 345,155 votes.
Ortom emerged winner just as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also declared the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal the winner of the Sokoto State governorship election.
Earlier in March 9, when polls were first held, Ortom polled 410,576 votes against Jime's 329,022.
The election was, however, declared inconclusive by the electoral body, citing the the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 and the winning margin of 81,554 votes.
After the supplementary election the margin rose to 89,318 which was far higher than that recorded by Mr Tambuwal in the election who defeated his closest rival with just 341.
It was held in 204 polling units across 22 Local Government Areas.
Ortom had defected from the APC to the PDP after crisis between farmers and herders claimed several lives.
He had at the time claimed that the administration of President Buhari had paid less attention to the plight of farmers in the state who suffered more casualty in the conflict.
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