UPDATED: INEC declares APC’s Lalong winner of Plateau governorship election

UPDATED: INEC declares APC’s Lalong winner of Plateau governorship election

Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress has won the Plateau State governorship election , following the supplementary poll held on Saturday . Lalong was declared the winner by the Returning Officer in the state , Prof Richard Kimbir , after scoring 595 , 582 votes to defeat 23 other candidates , including the

Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress has won the Plateau State governorship election , following the supplementary poll held on Saturday .
Lalong was declared the winner by the Returning Officer in the state , Prof Richard Kimbir , after scoring 595 , 582 votes to defeat 23 other candidates , including the Peoples Democratic Party standard-bearer , Jeremiah Useni, who garnered 546, 813 .
Kimbir stated that a total of 1 , 159 , 954 valid votes were recorded while 16 , 188 were rejected , saying 1 , 176 , 142 was the total number of votes cast .
The results for the nine LGAs that took part in the supplementary poll , including Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos , Jos North , Kanam , Langtang South , Mangu , Pankshin and Shendam , showed that Lalong scored 12 , 327 new votes , while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jeremiah Useni , earned 8, 487 . There was no cancellation of results recorded.
Lalong had scored 583 , 255 votes in the March 9 poll , while Useni got 538 , 326 .
However , with the 44 , 929 margin of lead and the total number of cancelled votes at 49 , 377 , the Returning Officer in Plateau State , Prof Richard Kimbir , had declared the election inconclusive .
Of the nine LGAs affected by the supplementary elections , results presented by election officials at the state collation centre on Sunday night showed that Lalong won in six .
In Bassa , the APC candidate earned 1 , 040 votes against the PDP ’ s 367 . Similarly, in Bokkos , Lalong had 1 , 342 votes while Useni got 1 , 337.
The ruling party also won in Kanam with 944 votes against the PDP ’ s 476. Meanwhile , in Mangu , Lalong took 6 , 931 votes with Useni earning 3 , 520 .
In the same vein , Lalong was victorious in Pankshin with 446 votes against Useni ’ s 151 , while the APC earned 337 votes in Shendam trumping the PDP ’ s 80 votes .
However , Useni won Barkin Ladi with 296 votes against Lalong ’ s 41 . In Jos North , the PDP candidate also triumphed with 1 , 036 votes while the APC candidate had 274 .
Similarly, Useni won in Langtang South with 1 , 224 votes against Lalong ’ s 972.

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