Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress has won the Plateau State governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission announced Lalong’s emergence as the winner of the governorship election in the early hours of Sunday, following Saturday’s supplementary election.
Lalong was declared the winner by INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Richard Kimbir.
He was said to have scored 595,582 votes to defeat 23 other candidates, including the Peoples Democratic Party flag bearer, Jeremiah Useni, who garnered 546,813.
Kimbir said a total of 1,159,954 valid votes were recorded, while 16,188 were rejected, adding that 1,176,142 votes were cast.
The results for the nine LGAs that took part in the supplementary poll, including Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos North, Kanam, Langtang South, Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam, showed that Lalong scored 12,327 new votes, while Useni polled earned 8,487 votes.
Lalong had scored 583,255 votes in the March 9 poll, while Useni got 538,326.