The announcement of results of the presidential elections in Benue state has commenced.
According to the announcement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, President Goodluck Jonathan is taking the lead in five local government areas so far, Leadership reports.
The results from collation officers in Makurdi were received by the INEC Resident Electoral Officer (REC) in the state, Mr. Istafanus Dafwang.
He explained that the five LGAs that had submitted were from the Benue South senatorial district, while results in Benue North East and Benue North West senatorial districts are yet to be collated.
The five LGA’s results announced are, Ado, Okpokwu, Ohimini, Agatu and Ogbadibo.
In Ado, President Jonathan scored 7,382 against General Mohammad Buhari who scored 2,328 votes.
In Okpokwu LGA, Jonathan polled 12, 103 votes, while Buhari has 4,757.
In Ohimini, the President led with 5,909 against Buhari who scored only 4,734.
In Agatu, which is the home of PDP deputy governorship candidate in Benue, John Ngbede, Jonathan polled of 9,555 votes against Buhari, who had 3,627 votes.
In Ogbadibo, 6,937 votes went to Jonathan on a slim margin to the APC candidate who has only 6,257 votes.
Meanwhile, the leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State has accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of deploying intensive machineries to manipulate the results of presidential and National Assembly elections in the three senatorial districts of the state.
This was disclosed in a statement by the media director of Ortom/Abounu governorship campaign organisation, Mr. Tahav Agerzua.
He said: “Especially in the Benue North senatorial District where APC has won obviously, the PDP is trying to manipulate it.”