Ortom fails to clinch senate seat, loses to APC’s Titus Zam
Benue State Governo,r Samuel Ortom lost his bid to move to the Senate after his two terms as governor of the state.
In the results announced by the returning officer for Benue north-west senatorial election, Rufus Shaato, at the INEC local government collation centre, Makurdi, Zam Titus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated the governor.
Zam Titus polled 143,151 votes to defeat Ortom, who had 106,882. Labour Party’s, Mark Gbillah, came third with 51,950 votes.
Ortom lost in six out of the seven local government areas in the district, winning in only his Guma local government.
Zam was Ortom’s Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs during his first tenure.
Meanwhile, the incumbent Senator representing Benue South senatorial district, Abba Patrick Moro has defeated Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hon Joseph Ojobo of the Labour Party (LP) to retain his seat.
Announcing the results at the INEC Collation Centre in Otukpo, the INEC Chief Returning Officer for Benue South Senatorial election, Prof Robert Tee said that Senator Moro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 76,459 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the APC, Comrade Daniel Onjeh who scored 59,938 votes.