Prof. Richard Anande, the returning officer who declared the result, said Simon Lalong got 595, 587 votes, while his closest rival and candidate of the main opposition PDP, Senator Jeremiah Useni, got 546, 813 votes.
Recall that INEC had earlier declared the election inconclusive in the state because the difference between the two major contenders, APC and PDP, was less than the votes cancelled. However because the difference between the two major contenders is 44,929 is less than the cancelled votes of 49,347, the result cannot be declared.
“This according to section 179 subsection 2, of the 1999 constitution as amended.”
INEC stated that the cancelled votes were in Barkin Ladi (570), Bassa (3000), Bokkos (5, 314), Jos North (4, 152), Kanam (2, 627), Langtang South (5, 501), Mangu (26, 135), Pankshin (1, 144) and Shendam LGAs (851).
Declaring the winner, the Returning Officer the Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Prof. Richard Anande Kimber said; “Barrister Simon Bako Lalong of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
However, the State Assembly seat for Langtang South Constituency was won by Hon. Zimtim Sohchang of the PDP who scored 17, 984 votes to defeat the incumbent, Hon. Jackson Ponzhi Danladi of the APC who got 15, 041 votes.