INEC Declares Ortom Winner Of Benue Governorship Election
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Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been re-elected as the governor of Benue State for a second term following Saturday’s supplementary election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer in the state, Professor Maimako Sebastian, declared him the winner on Sunday after he polled 434,473 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, who got 345,155 votes – a margin of 89,318.

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In the March 9 exercise, Ortom scored 410,576 votes over Jime who scored 329,022 votes.

The election was, however, declared inconclusive by the INEC due to the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 and the winning margin of 81,554 votes.

The supplementary election was held in 204 polling units across 22 Local Government Areas.