Incumbent Governor of Taraba state and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Darius Ishaku has been declared winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The INEC returning officer of the state, Prof. Shehu Iya of the Federal University of Technology, Yola made the announcement at the state collation center in Jalingo.
The returning officer said Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, having scored the highest votes of 520,433 was returned and declared reelected.
He added that Ishaku defeated his close rival Alhaji Sani Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who polled 362,735 while Senator Aisha Alhassan of the United Democratic Party, UDP, polled 16,289 to come third.
Iya said that the PDP won in 12 local government councils of the state while APC won in four local government areas.
However, out of the sixteen local government areas in the state, Governor Ishaku won twelve while Danladi won four.
All the Political parties’ agents that participated in the election accepted and signed the result excluding that of APC. Elections in Taraba state since return to democratic governance in 1999 has been won consistently by the PDP.
In his victory remark, Ishaku thanked the people of the state for the overwhelming support which gave him a resounding victory.
He pledged to sustain his development strides in order to put the state on the path of sustainable growth.
The Governor-elect called on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to continue to champion the crusade for peaceful co-existence among residents.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the declaration, Police Commissioner in Taraba, Mr Alkasim Sanusi described the exercise as one of the best conducted in the history of this nation.
Sanusi, however, warned against post-election violence, adding that anybody caught perpetrating such act would face the wrath of the law.