Ortom wins Benue governorship election

Benue State governor Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has been declared winner of the March 9 governorship election.

The state’s collation/returning officer, Sabastine Maimak, announced the results on Sunday after supplementary elections were conducted in some parts of the state.

Mr Maimak said Ortom polled 434, 473 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 345, 155 votes.

A total of 89, 318 votes margin stands between the two candidates.

He said that Ortom, “having polled the highest number of votes at this election, is hereby declared winner.”

Total registered votes were 2, 471, 894, total accredited voters were 858, 947, while total valid votes were 830, 954.

Maimako added that a total number of 15, 268 votes were rejected.