Mr. Sabastine Maimako, the Benue State governorship Collation/Returning Officer, on Sunday declared the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Samuel Ortom, as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.

He summarised that Ortom, who is the incumbent governor, polled 434,473 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress who scored 345,155 votes.

He said that Ortom, “having polled the highest number of votes at this election, is hereby declared winner.”

Maimako said the total registered votes were 2,471,894, total accredited voters were 858,947, while total valid votes stood at 830,954.

He sad total rejected votes were 15,268, while the margin of lead between the winner and his closest rival was 89,318 votes.