Gov Gabriel Suswan has lost in his bid to return to the National Assembly after an eight-year stint as governor of Benue state. Suswam was elected governor in 2007 after serving two terms as member of the House of Reps. Suswam lost to a former National Chairman of the PDP Barnabas Gemade, who contested under APC.
Announcing the results on Monday at the INEC headquarters in Makurdi, the returning officer for Benue North East Senatorial election, Prof Mohammed Adah, said Gemade polled 140, 715 votes to beat Suswam, who polled 118, 603 votes.
The returning officer also announced that a total of 661,067 voters registered for the election with 290,446 accredited, while 266,232 votes were counted as valid.
He said rejected votes were 5,096 while total number of votes cast was 271,328. Meanwhile, Reps. Emmanuel Udende of the PDP won the Sankera Federal Constituency seat. He beat challenger, Shimataver Atezeh of the APC to retain his membership of the National Assembly.
Announcing the results in Makurdi, the returning officer for the election, Mr Moses Agbaji, said Udende, scored 71,359 votes to beat Atezeh who had 24,358 votes.
Reacting to the results, the PDP agent for the senatorial election, Mr Solomon Wombo, called for the cancellation of the results, alleging irregularities in four local government councils. Reports that both results were declared in Makurdi instead of Katsina-Ala, the headquarters of the senatorial district because of protests that broke out during collation of results which led to the burning down of an INEC office at Ugba.