Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress has emerged as the winner of the gubernatorial election in Plateau State.
Lalong defeated five other candidates.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, declared the results in the early hours of Monday.
Kucha said Lalong polled a total of 564,913 votes to defeat his closet challenger, Senator Gyang Pwajok of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 520,627.
He won by a margin of 44,386 votes.
Other contestants were Samson Adamu of All Progressives Grant Alliance with 1,408 votes; Bagudu Hirse of Labour Party, who scored 1,770 votes; Elizabeth Yirse of Mega Progressive Peoples Party with 1,035 votes; while Anuma Agudu of the Social Democratic Party got 260 votes.
“Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes in the election, held on April 11, 2015, is hereby declared the winner,” Kucha declared.
The APC won in 11 out of the 17 local government areas, while Pwajok won in six.
Lalong, a lawyer by profession, is a former speaker of the Plateau House Assembly, who served for two terms when Joshua Dariye was the governor of the state.
He was back to legal practice after he left office in 2006 and decided to vie for the number one seat in the state on the ticket of the APC.
The governor elect hails from Shendam Local Government Area in the Southern Senatorial District of Plateau State.