INEC Declares Lalong Winner In Plateau Rerun Poll - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, March 24, 2019

INEC Declares Lalong Winner In Plateau Rerun Poll

Governor Simon Lalong, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau, has been declared winner of the rerun gubernatorial election in the State.

Lalong polled 595,582 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jeremiah Useni, a retired Army General and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 546,813 votes.

The Returning Officer for the state, Prof. Richard Kimbir, announcing the result on Sunday morning in Jos, said the incumbent Governor Lalong polled the highest maximum valid votes.

Kimbir who declared Lalong winner on behalf of  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), added that he has  also met the conditions required to declare him returned.

The breakdown shows that valid votes totalled 1,159,954, rejected votes stands at 16,188, while the total votes cast reads  1,176,142.

Also, the margin of victory between Lalong of APC and Useni of the PDP is 48,769 votes.

The gubernatorial election of March 9 in Plateau was declared inconclusive which necessitated a rerun election in 40 polling units in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state on Saturday.

- Mankas Joshua, Jos

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