Father Hyacinth Alia has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rerun primary election in Benue, with 410,682 votes cast.
Senator Basheer Lado, Chairman of the Rescheduled Election Committee, declared Mr Alia the winner in Makurdi on Thursday.
According to Mr Lado, the first runner-up was Dr Matthias Byuan, who received 14,592 votes, and the second runner-up was Senator Barnabas Gemade, who received 5,125 votes.
Professor Terhemba Shija received 2,217 votes, while Michael Aondoakaa received 3,815 votes and Iorwase Hembe received 638 votes, respectively.
“The exercise was won by Alia. Having received the most votes cast. “I declare him the winner,” Mr Lado declared.
Members of the party later ratified Mr Alia’s candidacy via voice vote.
Austin Agada, the party’s chairman, had asked members if the outcome was a true reflection of what happened on the ground, and they had answered in the affirmative.
“Having ratified Alia’s candidacy, I therefore declare that Alia is the party’s governorship candidate in Benue,” Agada said.
On January 23, the Makurdi Appeal Court ruled that the APC primary that produced Mr Alia was invalid. Justice Biobelle agreed with the appellant, Mr Shija, that there was no primary election in the state’s 11 LGAs and ordered a rerun within 14 days.