FLASH: INEC declares Benue election inconclusive

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Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, INEC Chairman
Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, INEC Chairman
Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, INEC Chairman
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Benue State governorship election as inconclusive on Monday.

The Returning Officer, Prof Sebastian Maimako, announced that the number of canceled votes outweighed the number of victory margin.

According to the result, 790,102 votes were valid, 14,560 votes were rejected while 121,019 votes were cancelled.

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Governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party who is seeking re-election polled 410,576 votes while his main challenger Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress scored 329,022 votes.

He said a new date would be announced for a rerun within 21 days.