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OFFICIAL: Simon Lalong of APC wins Plateau Guber Rerun

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PLateau state governor, SImon Bako Lalong. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressive Congress (APC) the winner of the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State.
Richard Kimbir, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, made the declaration on Sunday at the state INEC headquarters after concluding the supplementary election held on Saturday.

Mr Lalong defeated Jeremiah Useni of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who came second in the election.

The Plateau governorship election was, on March 11, declared inconclusive by the state returning officer, Mr Kimbir, a professor. He said the margin between the two leading candidates was less than the number of votes cancelled in the entire election.

According to INEC, on March 11, Governor Lalong had scored 583,255 votes while Mr Useni scored 548,336 votes, highlighting that none of the leading candidates met all the requirements of the law to win the election.

49,347 votes across 40 polling units were cancelled in nine Local Government Areas of the state.

The affected LGAs where the rerun held include; Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos North, Kanam, Langtang South, Mangu, Pankshin, and Shendam.

Announcing the final election results scored by each party, the returning officer said Mr Lalong of the APC scored 595,582 votes while Mr Useni of the PDP scored 546,813.

“Simon Lalong of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” the returning said.

The margin between the winner and the runner-up is 48,769 votes.

The result of the election indicated that out of 17 LGAs of the state, Mr Lalong won in 11 while Mr Useni won in six.

Sunday’s final result marks the second time Mr Lalong is defeating the PDP in the state.

In 2015, he defeated the late Gyang Pwajok of the PDP to become the first governor from opposition to win governorship election in the state.

PDP had governed the state for 16 years. Joshua Dariye, a senator who is currently in prison, had governed from 1999 to 2007 while Jonah Jang, governed from 2007 to 2015.

The result by LGAs is as follows:

Jos East

APC: 18, 602

PDP: 7, 994

Kanke

APC: 23, 360

PDP: 22, 831

Langtang North

APC: 18, 979

PDP: 40, 519

Barkin Ladi

APC: 17, 080

PDP: 44, 529

Bokkos

APC: 27, 561

PDP: 26 ,700

Bassa

APC: 30,441

PDP: 33,192

Langtang South

APC: 14,470

PDP: 18,868

Pankshin

APC: 36,215

PDP: 24,939

Mikang

APC: 15, 150

PDP: 11, 703

Kanam

APC: 55,338

PDP: 22,432

Jos South

APC: 33, 475

PDP: 91, 846

Jos North

APC: 109,161

PDP: 68,149

Wase

APC: 37, 593

PDP: 27, 485

Mangu

APC: 51, 895

PDP: 43,555

Riyom

APC: 12, 720

PDP: 24, 017

Qua’an Pan

APC: 31, 962

PDP: 20, 939

Shendam

APC: 61, 798

PDP: 17,115

Total number of votes scored by each of the two leading parties

APC – 595,582

PDP – 546,813

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