THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday won the by-election conducted for Buruku federal constituency in Benue State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Yusuf Baba, declared that based on the results collated, the candidate of PDP, Mr Terfa Tyav, emerged as winner.
The INEC commissioner said that three political parties participated in the by-election; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP).
According to him, “the PDP candidate, Mr Terfa Tyav, wins with a total of 25,988 votes against John Tine of LP who pooled a total of 3,602 votes and Mr Sekaa Iortyom of APC with 395 votes.”
He, however, acknowledged irregularities in some of the polling units, adding that the commission decided to cancel results in such places. He also acknowledged the low turnout of voters for the election which he attributed to heavy downpour.
The REC maintained that any individual or political party with grievance should channel it to the legal department of the electoral umpire.
However, APC has declared that the party did not participate in the by-election.
A chieftain of the APC in the federal constituency, Mr Terkaa Agbe, said his party did not participate in the election on protest grounds and wondered why the party was allocated about 300 votes.
It will be recalled that the apex court had ordered a by-election in the constituency after it nullified the election of Honourable Ukieje Jev of APC.