Benue Governorship Election Inconclusive – INEC Declares
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election in Benue State inconclusive.
The Returning Officer, Professor Sabastine Maimako made the announcement on Monday.
He said the election was inconclusive due to the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 as against the winning margin between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is 81,554.
The PDP candidate, Samuel Ortom polled 410,576 votes while the APC candidate Emmanuel Jime polled 329,022 votes.
PDP leads with 81,554 votes but the number of cancelled votes is 121,019 which prompted the Returning Officer to declare the election inconclusive.
Earlier, gov. Samuel Ortom of PDP was leading with 317,730 votes from the results of the polls in 19 Local Government Areas of the State.
The results were announced by different Collation Officers for the local government areas in Makurdi.
The INEC records showed that Mr Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had polled 264,505 votes, lagging behind with 53,225 votes.
Results from Vandeikya, Buruku, Kwande and Konshisha Local governments were yet to be declared.