INEC Declares Darius Ishaku Winner Of Taraba Governorship Election

Channels Television  
Updated April 26, 2015

Darius_IshakuThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Darius Ishaku winner of the Taraba governorship election.

Mr Ishaku polled 369,318 votes to beat his closest opponent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen Aisha Alhassan, who polled 275,984 votes.

There were reports of sporadic shooting at one of the collation centres in Takum Local Government Area of the State, when the supplementary elections were held on Saturday.

No number of casualties have been reported.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Yemi Kosoko, said the gunshots were heard after elections have been held.

“News just filtered in that there is a problem in collation centre in Takum where the results of elections held in the local council were being collated. There was sporadic shooting at the collation centre.

“Apart from that, there are no other incidents reported so far,” he said.

The supplementary election held in three registration areas in the local council, where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

The Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Ahmed Makamma had confirmed that a run off will be holding in the governorship election in the north eastern state after the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

Speaking via a telephone interview on Channels Television’s election monitoring programme, Nigeria 2015, Mr Makamma said “there will be a run off between the person with the highest number of votes and the person behind him”.

He also confirmed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Darius Ishiaku, is leading the candidate of the All Progressives congress (APC), Sen Aisha Alhassan, “with a margin of about 53,000 votes”.

Mr Makamma also confirmed that the results from Donga Local Government Area was cancelled.

“So that makes the election inconclusive, because if you look at the margin at the moment is 53, 000 and the number of cancelled votes is 127, 125, so there will be a runoff election to determine who the winner is”, he said.