Governor Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won in 9 of 13 Local Government Areas (LGA’s) in the supplementary polls held on Saturday, March 23 in Benue state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), results from nine councils will be announced on Sunday, March 24 to determine the winner.
Governor Ortom's closest rival is Engineer Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The results of 13 councils as announced by various INEC collation officers in Makurdi, the state capital, showed Ortom won Agatu, Apa, Ogbadibo, Gwer West, Buruku, Ukum, Kwande, Logo and Ushongo while Jime won in Tarka, Otukpo, Makurdi and Ohimini LGA’s.
Ortom polled 144 votes in Agatu as against Jime’s zero vote.
In Apa LGA, the APC candidate polled 176 votes while Ortom’sgarnered 296 votes to win the election in the local government area whereas in Otukpo the APC polled 255 votes to defeat PDP with 250 votes.
In Ogbadibo the PDP won with 467 votes while the APC scored 241 votes. In Ohimini APC polled 2,223 as against PDP’s 192 votes.
In Gwer West, APC has 137 votes, PDP 481 votes. APC polled 550 votes in Makurdi, while PDP got 182 votes. The PDP prevailed in Buriku, winning 515 votes to APC’s 189 votes.
In Tarka, APC polled 409 votes and the PDP 202 votes, while in Logo, APC scored 34 votes to the PDP’s 651 votes.
The results showed that in Ukum, APC got 65 votes, the PDP won 616 votes, while in Kwande, the PDP got 193 votes, leaving the APC with just 3 votes.
In Ushongo LGA, the PDP polled 352 votes to defeat APC with 94 votes.
Before the supplementary election, Ortom had 410,576 votes, while Jime of APC had 329,022 votes.
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Recall that Engineer Jime had called for the restriction of movement for PDP chieftains during the elections.
Jime made the request via a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, March 20 by the deputy director communications of Jime/Ode Campaign Organisation (JOCO), Kula Tersoo,.
He particularly asked security agencies in the state to carefully watch Governor Samuel Ortom, ex-governor Gabriel Suswam and two others.
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