Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom is close to victory as he is in a clear lead after the announcement of election results in 19 Local Government Areas of the state.
Ortom who is seeking reelection as governor under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leading his All Progressive Congress (APC) counterpart by a margin of 49,288.
With the declaration of results still ongoing at the Benue state head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Governor Ortom has so far polled 317,908 votes while the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Mr. Emmanuel Jime garnered 268,620 votes.
Out of the results from 19 local government areas so far declared by INEC, the PDP candidate won in nine while the APC candidate won in 10.
Results from four more local government areas are still being anticipated, though these areas are known PDP strongholds which includes Okpokwu, Vandeikya, Kwande and Konshisha.