Benue Assembly Bye Election, Uche Of APC Emerges Winner

By Lateef Taiwo

Despite the tension that started building up in Benue State between political gladiators ahead of the Guma 1 state constituency election held at the weekend, elections were conducted peacefully.

It was also observed that security personnel deployed to different polling units were on ground in almost polling units checking entry and exit points of all polling units to checkmate any breakdown of law and order.

Most of the electorates including John Shima, Joseph Tseaa and Terwase Ungwa,who spoke to journalists at different locations acknowledged that electorates were orderly in their conduct but lamented low turnout of voters.

They commended INEC for organizing a peaceful election as well as improving on ICT technology.

Speaking yesterday while declaring result of the bye election for the Guma1 state constituency election held on Saturday, returning officer for the exercise Prof Julius Ikya of Joseph Saawuan Tarka University Makurdi, JOSTUM, said Terwase Uche of the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled 5,289 votes to defeat his closet rival Geoffrey Jimin of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 4,134 votes.

He said candidate of the Labour Party, LP got 2,833 votes, with that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA having 121 while that of ADC scoring 72 votes respectively.

” By the powers vested in me as the returning officer for this election, I hereby declare Terwase Uche of the All Progressives Congress, APC as elected” Prof announced.


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