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As it happened: APC, PDP in tight race as results trickle in

20 February 2016, 08:32Lekan Oladeinde

Makurdi - Ahead of the official announcement of Saturday’s Benue South senatorial rerun election, unofficial result puts the two major candidates, former Senate President, David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a close match.

Collation of the results went far into the night and a clearer picture is expected to emerge on Sunday.

Early results had put Mark in front but results from Ogadibo, the local government of Onjeh, helped him reduced the deficit.

See some of the unofficial results of the poll 

Oju LGA, Ukpa/Ainu Ette ward, Ihigile PU
APC 198

PDP 72

Oju LGA, Oju Ward,
Ohijile PU

APC 142

PDP 132

Oju LGA, Oju ward, Ivini PU APC

153, PDP 80
Oju LGA, Owo ward, Omua Unit 1,
APC= 49

PDP= 14

Oju LGA, Okpokpo Ward, Ogum-igwe PU


Oju LGA, Okpokpo Ward, Ogum-igwe PU


Oju LGA, Ukpa/AInu Ette Ward, Onyoho PU

APC 108

PDP 90

Oju LGA, Okpokpo Ward, Ogum-igwe PU


Obi LGA, Adiko Ward, Imade PU

APC 132

PDP 67


APC=58, PDP=41


APC 104


OBI LGA, Itogo Ward, Ebong PU



Obi LGA, Obko Ward, Omapia PU
APC 224

PDP 70

Ohimini LGA, Aume-icho Ward,


APC 89

PDP 129


APC 87

PDP 60

Ohimini LGA, Idekpa Ward Olaigbechi PU
APC 57

PDP= 5

Ohimini LGA, Aume Iche Ward



APC 104


PU 003, MAMSER Office, Otukpo Town East ward:
APC- 86
PDP- 57

PU 010, Otukpo Town Central ward:
PDP – 82
APC – 57

PU 023, Otukpo Town Central ward:
PDP – 39
APC – 30


Ogbaulu primary school PU, Ogbaulu Ward, Agatu LGA
PDP 75
APC 31

Oju LGA, Owo ward, Omua PU 1,
APC= 49

PDP= 14

Oju LGA, Okpokpo Ward, Ogum-igwe PU
APC -131

PDP – 53

Ugbonoko polling unit

APC – 131

PDP – 110

Otukpo LGA Adoka-Haje, PU Aune Play Ground 1

PDP 135

APC 38

Otukpo LGA, Adoka Icho
Opanehe II, Open Space
APC 52
PDP 70

Idekpa ward, Olaigbechi PU
APC 88
PDP 45

Results from Orokan and Ai-Oodo wards in Ogbadibo LGA
Orokam ward
Court Oko polling,
APC 105
PDP 53

Ekere primary school unit PDP,=98 APC30
Ipole owukpa unit
APC – 78
PDP – 47

Ocheje Oko unit
APC 191

Ipole Oko unit
PDP = 46
APC = 80

Ai-Oodo Ward 2
Ola-Itodo PU
APC = 111
PDP = 51

21: 10 INEC cancels results of 5 polling units in Okete Ward, Otukpo LG, home of Benson Abounu, deputy governor of Benue State.

The elections in these PUs were cancelled despite results having already been declared in violation of the Electoral Act

21: 00 Former Minister of Interior and DG of Senator David Mark's Campaign, Abba Moro was attacked by APC thugs at Ugbokolo 

20: 30 The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Daniel Onje has closed the wide gap between him and David Mark.

Results reported earlier favoured the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Senate President, David Mark.

However, results from Ogadibo, the Local government of Onjeh, has helped him reduced the deficit.

19:30 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has raised alarm over the plot by the All Progressive Congress (APC)  to manipulate the election results already won by it.

The State chairman of the PDP Dr. Emmanuel Agbo in a press statement on Saturday said the APC has hijacked the results from the polling units in Ogbadibo local government area and have refused to hand over to the collation officers.

According to the PDP, the APC candidate Daniel Onjeh, is the one leading the charade.

“As a party, we call on all security operatives to arrest the situation forthwith so that the will of the people will not be thwarted.

“The  APC in connivance with some security operatives have refused to allow the PDP agents access to the result sheets.

“Field reports from the polling centres have shown that the PDP has got 75 per cent of the votes cast across the Senatorial District which the APC  is uncomfortable with.

“Let us, however, on behalf of our party express appreciation to the people of Benue South otherwise called the Idoma/Igede nation for the support and solidarity to the PDP.

“In spite of the unprovoked attacks, our people came out in their large numbers to vote for the PDP candidate Senator David Mark”, the PDP said.

19:00 The PDP is still leading in the results so far announced by INEC.

Ward results:

Igumale ward 1 
Apc=201. PDP=764   

Ulayi Ward  
PDP=683  APC=411.   

Igumale Ward 2  
PDP=574  APC= 364

17: 50 Political thugs believed to be members of the PDP attacked APC's Zonal Agent and a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Idikwu Ward Otukpo.

They were attacked as they were escorting used electoral materials to the LG collation Centre.

APC Zonal Sup. Agent & Otukpo DPO Whr Attackd By PDP Thugs In Idikwu Ward Otukpo. #BenueSouthDecide #BenueSouthReRun pic.twitter.com/piOjPoxNDO 

17: 00 Kano Play Ground in Apa LGA, Ugbokpo Ward Result Sheet which PDP won has just been snatched by APC thugs

16: 10 Corps member enroute ward Collation centre was reportedly shot in Ogbojo, Otukpo LG

16: 00 Benue State deputy governor, Benson Abounu lost his polling unit to PDP 

Sen. Ameh Ebutte, former Senate President & APC Chieftain loses his Effa Polling Unit:

PDP - 162
APC - 116

15:40 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is maintaining a comfortable lead in the Benue South senatorial rerun election. The party's candidate in the election David Mark has won majority of the results so far announced by officials of INEC.

70% of the counted votes so far across in senatorial zone are for Mark.

Results so far
PDP -4,122

15: 10 Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Innocent Ogbe could not exercise his civic duty in the ongoing rerun senatorial election in Benue South following his alleged inability to locate his Permanent Voter Card  (PVC).

PDP supporter Elaiguu Inalegwu attacked by thugs in company of Benue Deputy Governor Abounu

15:00 PDP agent abducted during counting of votes in PU 009, Adumoko Ward, Orokam

14:40 Early results released by INEC officials at the various polling unit across the Benue South senatorial district put former Senate President and the candidate of the PDP, David Mark in the lead.

004 Ben Onaji street, Otukpo 
PDP 68, APC 45

14:05 Former Senate President and the PDP candidate in the Benue South senatorial rerun election, David Mark has won his polling unit. He scored 150 to APC's 37.

Results from other polling units:

Adoka-Haje, PU Aune Play Ground 1, Otukpo LGA
PDP 135
APC 38

Agadagba Ward, PU Open Space Akpenwo, Ohimini LG
PDP 88
APC 61

Otukpo Club GRA PU Voting Point
PDP 97
APC 19

Otukpo Town West No. 30 Jamaica Street 
PDP 50
APC 76

Ikampo PU II Olochokwunu Play Ground, APA
PDP 139
APC 27

14: 00 PDP won the first result to be announced in the Benue South senatorial rerun election. The party polled 64 to APC 24 in Igumale Ward 1, Ado LG

13: 30 PDP thugs led by Aple chased away voters from Ewulo Ward, Otukpo

Contrary to earlier reports, the APC agent attacked by PDP supporters was actually an APC thug that was trying to run away with a ballot box.

He was apprehended and later handed over to the police.

13:20 APC candidate , Daniel Onjeh moving freely around in a convoy while voting is ongoing in Ogbadibo LGA. This is against the electoral law.

13: 10  APC party agent attacked at Idabi polling booth in Otukpo LGA.

13:00 Voting ends in Okpanehe Open Space, PU 009B. Counting about to commence

12;30 Voting has stopped in both Odugbeho & Okokolo wards in Agatu LGA as thugs believed to be loyal to APC leader Mike Iyalanju are on a shooting spree

12:20 Serious violence in Ohimini local government as thugs loyal to APC are snatching ballot boxes and causing mayhem

12: 05 Armed PDP thugs disrupt and disperse voters in some APC strongholds 

In Atakpa PU, accreditation has not yet started and the time

No voting In Okokolo, Agatu LGA.due to Fulani herdsmen attacks

12:00 The All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate in today’s rerun election in Benue South, Dan Onjeh has called on the electorate in the zone to avoid violence during and after the election.

Onjeh made this call on Saturday after casting his vote at his polling unit in Ogbadibo.

Speaking shortly after he cast his vote, the APC flag bearer advised the people to protect their votes and avoid violence.

10.40 Former Senate President and the candidate of the PDP in the Benue South senatorial rerun election David Mark has just voted.

Speaking shortly after casting his vote, Mark expressed confidence that he will return to the Senate.

“Our people have resolved to return me back. They have decided that no external forces can come in between us in Zone C. We call on our supporters to maintain law and order while the election lasts,” he said.

10.20 : Fracas erupts at Ogbadibo LGA, Ojoba Ward.. APC and PDP agents fighting

10:10 PDP agent caught trying to induce voters with money at Hausa Ward, Obagaji, Agatu LGA.

10.05 PDP agents complained about the electoral materials supplied at Oba ward PU 002 in Apa. They claimed the materials are fake.

Livinus Tyodoo, Media Aide to James Kpelai, Benue Commissioner for Trade & Industry is working as an INEC official in the election

10:00 Voting Jst Commenced At d Market Roundabout PU, Obagaji Ward, Agatu LGA 

9: 30 At Olempe Polling Unit, Olaochagba ward, Ogbadibo LGA, accreditation has commenced. The process is smooth. Here is the unit of Daniel Onjeh, the APC candidate.

Materials yet to arrive at Ward 1, Ogbadibo LGA and voting yet to commence

9: 10 Polling units in Olo-ogbeche, Iga-Okpaiya Ward, Apa LGA are suffering card reader failure

Reports of non-arrival/diversion of election materials in Oju Local Govt.

9: 05 Eyewitness says APC thugs have invaded the deserted Ondo Community, Otukpo LGA insisting elections must hold.

9:00 Accreditation is on in Odele, Idekpa Ward in Ohimini LGA

8:55 Elections materials met for Okonogbo ward in Okpokwu have been diverted 


8: 45: Accreditation has commenced in some parts of Zone C 

The house of Paul Amanyi, Clan head of Ehicho- Ugwu  Okpowu LGA was set ablaze by supporters of APC

8: 40 Caretaker Chairman of Otukpo Ijachi Udeh is thumbprinting in his house in Ondo.

8:30 Accreditation has started in certain parts of Otukpo.

There are allegations that in the whole of Owo ward , there is no election materials

Makurdi - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting 22 court-ordered rerun elections across eight states of the federation on Saturday.

These will be among the first set of the 80 court-ordered elections that the commission is scheduled to conduct from January to March.

Senatorial elections are being conducted in Benue South, Imo North, Kogi Central, and Kogi East Senatorial Districts.

Also read: Mark’s re-election bid suffers setback

Federal constituency elections will  hold in Okene/Ogori Magongo constituency of Kogi State; Lafia/Obi constituency of Nasarawa State; and Kurmi/Sardauna constituency of Taraba State.

15 state constituency elections will be conducted across Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Plateau, Niger and Taraba States. The constituencies are Imo - Isiala Mbano, Oru East, and Owerri West; Kaduna - Lere West; Kogi - Ofu Sc, Ankpa 1, Idah, Dekina 1 and Dekina II (Okura); Niger – Suleja; and Plateau - Langtang South, Pankshin South and Pankshin NorthTaraba-Ardo Kola and Mbamga.

- News 24


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