Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturdayâs Benue State governorship election, Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has been declared winner of the election on Monday.
Alia garneredÂ 473,933 votes toÂ defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), Titus Uba, who scored 223,913 votes.
Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Herman Hembe, recorded 41,881 votes.
LEADERSHIP reports that the Independent National ElectoralÂ Commission (INEC) had rescheduled the conduct of the governorship and State Assembly election in Kwande local government area of the State to Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
This decision followed an inadvertent mix-up of some of the sensitive materials for the two State Assembly constituencies in the area i.e. Kwande East and Kwande West.
For this reason, voters and stakeholders agreed that the elections should be rescheduled for another day.
Recall that the Governorship and State Assembly elections held last Saturday nationwide.
A statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, signed by the national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Barr. Festus Okoye, said the Commission had earlier agreed that a new date will be announced for the elections.
He, however, called on parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully during the rescheduled elections on Tuesday.
The statement reads in part: âThe public may recall that the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State scheduled for Saturday 18th March 2023 had to be suspended. This decision followed an inadvertent mix-up of some of the sensitive materials for the two State Assembly constituencies in the area.
âAfter further consultation with stakeholders, our Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue State, Prof. Sam Egwu, has advised that the State office is ready to proceed with the rescheduled elections.â
The national commissioner, however, appealed to voters in Kwande Local Government Area to troop out en masse and vote for the candidates of their choice.
âSimilarly, we call on parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully,â he added.