INEC declares Hembe winner of Konshisha/Vandeikya federal constituency seat

INEC declares Hembe winner of Konshisha/Vandeikya federal constituency seat

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Herman Hembe of the Advanced Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) winner of Konshisha/Vandeikya federal constituency seat after the rescheduled election held on Monday, March 10.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rescheduled polls was held in polling units where irregularities occurred during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly polls.

Announcing the results in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, in Makurdi, the returning officer for the constituency, Terver Tee, said the APGA candidate polled 35,187 votes to beat his closest rival, incumbent Rep. Dorathy Mato of the APC with 29,280 votes.

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The other parties that secured votes in the election were; PDP; 19,745 votes, AA, 1,568 votes, ADC; 145 votes, DA: 2 votes, GMPP; 12 votes, LP; 100 votes, NCP; 54 votes, PRP; 300 votes, PT; 14 votes, SDP; 2,127 votes while ZLP had 12 votes.

Tee also said the results could not be declared in Vandeikya owing to security challenges. He said the total registered voters were 256,234, total accredited voters were 94,999 while total rejected votes stood at 3,727.

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According to him the total votes cast are 92,105 while valid votes are 88,378. Mato, who lost in 2015 to Hembe at the polls, reclaimed her mandate at the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Supreme Court ordered Herman Hembe representing Vandeikya/Konshisha federal constituency in the House of Representatives to vacate his post immediately.

The court ruled that Herman Hembe who was at that time a member of the All Progressives Congress be replaced by Dorathy Mato which it declared as the rightful winner of the APC party ticket for Vandikwa/ Konshisha federal constituency of Benue state.

The apex court also ordered Hembe to return all salaries and benefits collected while in office within 90 days.

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