- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has been re-elected for a second term in office
- The governor defeated his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress
- Governor Ortom polled 434,473 votes, while Jime had 345,155 votes
Governor Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the keenly contested Benue governorship election held on Saturday, March 23.
Ortom polled 434,473 votes to defeat his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 345,155 votes, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng gathers that INEC returning officer for the election, Professor Sabastine Maimako, declared the result in Makurdi on Sunday, March 24.
He said that Ortom “having polled the highest number of votes at this election is hereby declared winner”.
Maimako said the total registered votes were 2,471,894, total accredited voters were 858,947 while total valid votes stood at 830,954.
He sad total rejected votes were 15,268 while the margin of lead between the winner and his closest rival was 89,318 votes.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state cleared the air about his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ortom, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said he had no grudges against the president.
The governor made this statement at the Nigerian Air Force base, Makurdi, while waiting to receive President Buhari, who was visiting the state.
He said: “Mr President is beyond party, he is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and whatever he is doing, it is our responsibility to give him adequate protocol. He is our president, and he is beyond party and so I am doing all the needful.
“There is no special thing in what I am doing, it is what I am supposed to do as governor of Benue state irrespective of party because he remains my president and I respect him.
“I have no personal issues with him; we talk about policies and issues, there is no personal grudge."
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