Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of the governorship election in Benue by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The returning officer, Professor Faruk Kuta, announced that the APC candidate won with 473,933 votes while the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Titus Uba, came second with 223,914 votes.
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Hemma Hembe, came third with 41,841 votes. The APC candidate won in 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs), while the PDP won in four LGAs and the Labour Party won in one LGA.
It should be noted that the election did not hold in Kwande local government area due to print errors in ballot papers meant for the council.
The commission relied on section 24 sub-section 1 of the electoral act and INEC guidelines to declare the winner of the election. The margin of lead stands at 250,020 votes, while Kwande LGA has registered voters of 172,294.