Ortom in Clear Lead as INEC Adjourns


Collation Till 10am Sunday

From George Okoh In Makurdi

Governor Samuel Orton of Benue state and gubernatorial candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Ortom is leading his All Progressive Congress(APC) counterpart Barrister Emmanuel Jime, from the results so far collated and declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)in Makurdi.

INEC had Saturday conducted a supplementary election in 22 local government areas of the state after declaring the March 9 election where Ortom led with over 81,000 votes inconclusive.

From the official results so far declared in 16 out of the 22 affected local governments, Ortom polled 11,166 votes while Honourable Jime of the APC polled 6,420.

The 16 local governments declared are Gboko, Gwer East, Oju, Ukum, Ohimini, Buruku, Kwande, Logo, Gwer West, Agatu, Ogbadibo, Apa, Otukpo, Tarka, Makurdi and Ushongo.

Ortom is already leading with 4,746 votes apart from the outstanding 81,000

However, INEC has adjourned collations and announcement of results from Ado, Vandeikya, Konshisha, Guma, Obi and Okpokwu local governments till 10am on Sunday.