Gov Gabriel Suswam
By George Okoh
The Benue Sate Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) yesterday announced the results in 14 local government areas out of 23 where elections were held in the state at the weekend.
The result showed that the People Democratic Party (PDP) won in all the 14 council areas announced so far while results from nine others are still being collated.
According to the Chairman BSIEC, Professor Philip Ahile, the results in the remaining nine councils were yet to be compiled due to some problems.
The results of some local governments that were announced are Ohimini, Otukpo, Ushongo, Tarka, Buruku, Logo and Ado LGAs. Others are, Gwer West, Agatu, Konshisha, Okpokwu, Obi, Gwer East and Oju, as well as Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas respectively.
Ahire assured that the results of the pending councils would be properly compiled and announced in due course.
He further revealed that the election was not conducted in Mbawar and Mbake council wards of Konshisha LGA while in Ohimini, he said only a ward was affected.
Meanwhile, as the local government election in the state took place in a peaceful and orderly manner with few skirmishes in some local government areas, the general conduct of the election has been commended by political stakeholders in the state.
Speaking to THISDAY in Guma, former member of the National Assembly, Senator Joseph Waku, commended the conduct of the election in Guma.
He said the election was orderly and peaceful.
He also commended BSIEC for the process adopted in conducting the election.
Similarly, Benue State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr John Tondu, applauded the early arrival of materials and accreditation of voters in Guma.
“You can see the impressive turnout, we came out early and the material arrive on time, we are almost through with casting of our votes”
Also, the Minister of State Trade and Investment Dr. Samuel Ortom acknowledge the peaceful conduct of the election.
He said there is a far improvement on past elections even as he praised the electorate for maintaining law and order.
Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Terhemen Tazoor, also gave Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) high mark for conducting a peaceful election.