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Governor Lalong in early lead in Plateau

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As the results of the Plateau Governorship supplementary elections held on Saturday began to trickle in, Governor Simon Lalong got the early lead in Pankshin and Bokkos Local Governments.

In Pankshin, Lalong of the APC polled 446 votes out of the of the 597 votes cast at the Gyenyer and Kwem polling units, leaving Gen. Jeremiah Useni of PDP with 151 votes.

Dr O. Linus, the Returning Officer of the area, who declared the result of the elections declared Lalong as the winner, having scored the highest votes.

Linus, a lecturer in the Accounting Department of University of Jos, said, “Governor Simon Lalong, having scored the highest votes of the election in Pankshin and having made the requirement of the law is hereby declared winner and is hereby returned elected.’’

In Bokkos Local Government where elections were held in five different polling units, APC scored 1, 342 votes while PDP scored 1, 337 votes.

The INEC Returning Officer for Bokkos, Dr Linus Ven of the University of Jos, declared Lalong as the winner of the supplementary elections in the area where 5, 314 votes were expected.

“Lalong, having met the requirement of the law by polling the highest votes in the supplementary elections in Bokkos, is hereby declared winner and is so returned elected, ’’ Ven declared.

Speaking to NAN after, Mr Yusufu Machen, Chairman Bokkos local Government area, described the result of the supplementary election as “very satisfactory’’

“What Governor Lalong is looking for in the entire supplementary elections on the Plateau is just 5, 000 votes out of the total of 49, 000 expected votes to emerge winner comfortably in the state Governorship elections

“`From this performance in Bokkos, we in the APC are confidently sure that we shall win this election and continue to give the people of Plateau the desired leadership, ’’ Machen said.

Before INEC declared the governorship election inconclusive, Lalong had 583255 votes, while his challenger, septuagenerian Jeremiah Useni had 538,326 votes.

All the results so far announced :

Barkin Ladi LGA

One polling unit

Total number of registered voters -570

Total number of accredited voters-343

APC- 041

PDP- 296

Valid votes 339

No of rejected votes-0

Jos North LGA

Three polling units

Number of registered voters -4167

Number of accredited votes -1351

APC-274

PDP-1036

Valid votes -1329
Rejected votes -21

Total votes cast -1350

Shendam LGA

One polling unit

Total number of registered voters -851
Accredited voters -440

APC-337

PDP-80

Valid votes -419

Rejected votes -17

Total votes cast-436

Bassa LGA

Two polling units

Total number of registered voters -3078
Accredited voters-1429

APC-1040

PDP-367

Valid votes -1412

Rejected votes -17

Total votes cast-1429

Kanam LGA

Two polling units

Total number of registered voters -2627

Total number of accredited voters-1432

APC-944

PDP-476

Valid votes -1423

Rejected votes -5

Total votes cast-1428

Pankshin LGA

Two polling units

Total number of registered voters -1144

Total number of accredited voters-599

APC-446

PDP-151

Valid votes-598

Rejected Votes -0

Total votes cast -598
 (NAN)

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