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Catholic priest wins Governorship election in Benue


By Maureen Ikpeama

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared a Catholic priest and   governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia winner of  the last Saturday’s Governorship election.election.

Declaring the results, the returning officer,  Vice Chancellor Federal University of Technology Minna , Professor Faruk Kuta,announced the governorship candidate of APC, Rev Father Hyacinth Alia winner of the governorship election.

He said the APC candidate polled 473,933 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Titus Uba who scored 223,914 votes while the governorship candidate of Labour Party, Hemma Hembe polled 41,841 votes to come third distant.

The APC governorship candidate won in 17 LGAs, PDP won in four LGAa and Labour Party won in one LGA.

It will be recalled that governorship election did not hold last Saturday in Kwande local government area due to print errors in ballot papers meant for the council.

The returning officer said that the commission relied on section 24 sub-section 1 of the electoral act and INEC guidelines to declare the winner of the election.

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