Ebonyi Election: APC Assembly Candidate Withdraws, Joins PDPWelcome to Concise election monitoring room in Benue, Nigeria as elections will hold in some parts of the state to decide who becomes the next governor of the nation’s Food Basket state.

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Concise News will bring you the latest reports of happenings in Benue state during the rerun election.

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The battle of who occupies the state Government House has been between the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the March 9 elections in the state inconclusive, following cancellation of the process in nine Local Government Areas of the state.

During the March 9 election, there was a tensed atmosphere following the deployment of 7,480 policemen and other security personnel to man the 3,688 polling units.

Among the security officers deployed to the state were: 5 Commissioners, 4 Deputy Commissioners, and 2 Assistant Commissioners.

The incumbent governor currently leads the APC candidate with a margin of 81,554 votes.

Concise News will bring you the latest reports of happenings in Benue state during the rerun election.

Ensure you refresh the page for more updates on the elections.

Thugs burn election materials, chase away INEC staff, observers in Benue

Suspected political thugs on Saturday overpowered security officials and disrupted election in Chito the headquarters of Azendeshi ward in Ukum LGA of Benue State.

The rampaging thugs attacked INEC officials, PDP agents and observers and burnt electoral materials, thus, disrupting the entire process.

Member representing Ukum state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Paul Biam alongside, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Kachina Merga, Adviser to the Governor on Revenue and Taxation, Zaye Jerome, Local government Chairman, Ibellogo Tor Tyokaa, Hon. Donald Gbugho and Deacon Dan Abbagu who were all agents of the party were attacked by the thugs.

Having successfully pushed agents out of the collation centre, the thugs burnt all electoral materials.

Voters flee as thugs disrupt election in Benue, smash ballot box

Suspected political thugs have disrupted the rerun election at Jato-Aka, Tse Akough PU 012, Yaav ward, Kwande Local Government of Benue State.

A young man identified as Iorver Yough, believed to be working for the All Progressives Congress, APC, reportedly led APC thugs with Sekav Aule (Tor Geri Jato-aka) to destroy election materials.

Yough allegedly slapped the PDP agent, Micheal Iornongo, used club and machetes on him while Aule and his boys broke the ballot box and snatched the register.

Voters have fled the polling unit following the incident.

It was gathered that, although some materials were recovered, the register is missing.

Tension as security agents take over Makurdi town

Security operatives have blocked all major streets within Makurdi township as part of measures to enforce the restriction of movement order within the period of the supplementary elections in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that in Makurdi township, all entry and exit points in the town were blocked to prevent unauthorised movement of people and vehicles.

Armed security personnel were seen at Wurukum, High level, North Bank, Wadata market and other major streets in Makurdi to ensure compliance with the directive.

NAN also reports that there was a heavy presence of armed security personnel on Makurdi-Gboko road.

Meanwhile, voting has commenced in most polling units in Makurdi.

NAN reports that the Governorship supplementary election is holding in 22 of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, while that of the State House of Assembly is ongoing in 9 local government areas.

At the Modern Market polling unit, Ternamdoo Primary school, voters were seen on queue waiting to vote.

The Presiding Officer of the unit, Mr Akinlabi Adebanjo, said all electoral materials arrived on time and accreditation and voting commenced at 8:02 a.m.

”Everything is in order, all materials are complete. This election is for the Governorship and agents of the most popular parties are all here,” Adebanjo said.

Mr Terver Kighir, the All Progressives Congress (APC) agent, corroborated the views of the presiding officer, saying, ” everything is calm, if the elections continue like this, then, there will be no problem.”

On his part, Mr Bernard Unenge, the agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commended INEC for the smooth exercise.

Unenge, who is the commissioner for Lands, Survey and Minerals, also commended the electoral umpire for the smooth commencement of the polls.

At the All Saints Primary school polling unit, the presiding officer, Mr Japheth Zibo, also said the process was going on smoothly.

Low turnout of voters mars supplementary polls in Benue

The ongoing Governorship and State House of Assembly supplementary elections in most polling units in Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Benue have been characterized by low turnout of voters.

News correspondents, who monitored the polls on Saturday in Makurdi, Gwer, Otukpo local government areas, report that the turn out was poor compared to the Presidential and National Assembly polls in the state.

In some polling units, there were no queues as those who came to vote were promptly attended to by polling unit officials.

Normal commercial activities were ongoing at Taraku and Aliade in Gwer East LGA, where the supplementary poll was ongoing in Mbalom council ward.

Vehicles were seen loading bags of fermented wet cassava paste (Akpu) to other rural markets for sale.

In Otukpo town, the general mood did not reflect the conduct of any election in the place.

The Otukpo motor park was as usual beehive of activities while motorcycle operators were busy conveying passengers to their destinations.

Shops and other businesses were also conducting their normal routine business activities.

Some of the voters blamed the low turnout on what they termed ” politicians’ deceitful ways”.