After days of intense suspense, emotional and psychological torture among the Benue populace, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Governor Samuel Ortom as winner of the governorship election in Benue State.
Ortom pulled a total of 434,473 votes to defeat his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime who scored 345,155 votes.
The March 9 governorship election was declared inconclusive because the number of votes cancelled in areas where elections were disrupted out-weighed the margin of lead by Governor Ortom. A supplementary election was held on March 23 in the affected areas.
State Collation Officer for the Governorship Election, Prof. Sebastine Maimako, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, announced Ortom winner having satisfied the requirements stipulated in the Electoral Act and guidelines for the declaration of winner of the election.
Governor Ortom, an administrator, industrialist, businessman, farmer, philanthropist and politician will be 58 years on April 23, 2019.
He has served in various positions in different political parties at some time, rising to become Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Investments under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He was elected governor of Benue State on the platform of the All Progressives Party, APC, in 2015. In July 2018, Governor Ortom left the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, his former party, as a result of internal crisis.
The final statistics as announced by Prof. Maimako.
No of registered voters…2,471,894
No of accredited voters…858,947
Total valid votes…830,954
Total rejected votes….15,268
Total valid votes cast…846,222