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