Governor Lalong wins in Plateau re-run election

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Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the re-run gubernatorial election in the State.

Governor Lalong gathered 595,582 votes to win, with his closest rival, Jeremiah Useni, a retired Army General who was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), polling 546,813 votes.

The Returning Officer of the state, Prof Richard Kimbir presented the result on Sunday in Jos on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Plateau.

“The valid votes totalled 1,159,954, with the rejected votes standing at 16,188, while the total votes cast was 1,176,142,” he said.

The margin of victory between Lalong of APC and Useni of the PDP is 48,769 votes.

The gubernatorial election held on March 9 in Plateau was declared inconclusive.

This had led to a rerun election in 40 polling units in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.