Gov Ishaku Wins Re-election In Taraba
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state.

Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been returned elected as the governor of Taraba State.

The state returning officer, Professor Shehu Iya of Modibo Adama University, Yola, declared the PDP candidate winner on Tuesday morning at the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) office in Jalingo.

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Ishaku’s victory extends PDP dominance in the state to 20 years as the party has never lost a governorship election in the state since return to democratic rule in 1999.

According to Iya, the incumbent governor and PDP candidate polled a total of 520,433 votes, while Sani Danladi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate garnered 362,735 votes to his name.

Ishaku won 11 LGAs, including Takum, Zing, Yorro, Kai, Bali, Donga, Wukari, Bali, Gashaka, Kurmi and Ussa LGAs, while his prime challenger won Jalingo, Gassol, Ibbi and Karim Lami.

Hassan Mijinyawa, Ishaku’s chief press secretary, via a statement on Monday, said the governor had imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the state capital, Jalingo, without stating the reasons for the curfew.

The curfew, however, exempts staff of the electoral commission and key agents and observers.

“The curfew will run from 6 am to 6 pm daily, however, some INEC officials, key Agents of political parties and observers involved in the collation of the election results are exempted,” the statement read.

“Governor Ishiaku enjoined the people of the state to continue to be law-abiding as he urged security agencies to ensure strict compliance.”