Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state was on Tuesday declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship polls in the state.
Ishaku, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 520,432 votes, against the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Sani Danladi, who polled 362,735 votes.
Declaring the results at the INEC headquarters in Jalingo, the Collation Officer, Prof Shehu Iya noted that Ishaku won 12 out of the 16 local government areas in the state.
In his acceptance speech, the governor thanked the people of the state for their support, while calling on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to continue to champion the crusade for peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.
However, Ishaku ordered the extension of the curfew imposed in Jalingo on Monday by 24 hours after violence broke out in the city following the governor’s reelection.
This became necessary as reports came in that some supporters of the APC attacked PDP supporters who were celebrating Ishaku’s victory in some of parts of the city, which led to the destruction of property. Scores of residents have fled the city to save their lives.