APC candidate wins Plateau assembly by-election

By Solomon Gabkwet, Jos
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Jackson Nimmwang, the winner of Saturday’s Langtang South State Constituency by-election in Plateau.
The INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Tor Iorapuu, declared in Mabodi, that Nimmwang polled 3,688 votes to beat Mr Rinsmicit Emmanuel of Mega Progressives Peoples Party (MPPP)l, who scored 83 votes.
Iorapuu said that the turn out at the election was very low, noting that the constituency had 48,615 registered voters.
He, however, described the  election as “very free and fair’’.
The by-election was sequel to a Federal High Court judgement, which invalidated the victory of Vincent Bulus, the PDP candidate in the April 14, 2015 elections after it was proved that he was an ex-convict.
Only APC and MPPP vied for the seat since the PDP and its candidate were disqualified.
A total of 400 trained ad-hoc staff, drawn from NYSC and tertiary institutions, conducted the election, which was supervised by the FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Jacob Jatau.

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