The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, has emerged as the winner of the presidential election in Benue State, as announced by the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Faruk Kuta, on Monday at the INEC head office in Makurdi.
Tinubu received 310,468 votes, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) secured 308,372 votes.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received 130,081 votes, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) polled 4,740 votes. Obi won 15 LGAs, including Guma, the hometown of Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue, while Tinubu secured eight LGAs.
The official announcement of the winner is expected.
On the day of the election, Ortom cast his vote for Obi at his polling unit in Tse-Ortom, Mzondu ward, Guma LGA, and he expressed his willingness to lose his own senatorial election to ensure Obi wins the presidential election. Ortom is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Earlier on Monday, the APC candidate, Titus Zam, defeated Ortom in the Benue north-west senatorial election, as previously reported by TheCable.