The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has listed several of its top members in Benue State, including Governor Samuel Ortom, to serve as polling agents and returning officers for the supplementary governorship elections on March 23.
The list for the PDP’s polling agents and returning officers for the re-run poll as seen on Thursday by the Punch was signed by Bemgbar Iortyom, the state party Publicity Secretary.
Also on the list of polling agents include David Mark, a former Senate President; Gabriel Suswam, a former governor of the state and a senator-elect; and Abba Moro, a former minister of Interior and another senator-elect.
Others are Paul Orhii, a former Director General of the National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Titus Uba, Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly; and Tony Ijohor, Secretary to the State Government.
John Ngbede, the state PDP chairman; Michael Gusa, the state Attorney-General; Agbo Emmanuel, PDP National Auditor; Mike Mku; Frank Utoo; Elijah Ikpaor; Tor Iorapuu; Steven Iyorchir; Mark Gbillah; Dave Iorhemba; Tyorkyan Cletus; Orker Jev, a Senator-elect; Matthew Nyinta; David Tsevedo; Cyril Gajir and Tersegu Tsegba complete the list of polling agents.
Bemgbar Iortyom, the state party Publicity Secretary; Senator Dino Melaye and Alex Adum, a former Attorney-General of the state, will serve as the returning officers on behalf of the party.
Governor Ortom, the PDP candidate in the governorship election, is heading into the election with Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the initial election as inconclusive.
Sabastine Maimako, the Returning Officer for the Benue governorship election, cited the difference in the margin of cancelled votes being higher than that of the margin of lead between the two leading candidates as the reason for the inconclusive outcome of the election.
Samuel Ortom, the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 410,576 votes, while Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 329,022 votes.
However, the total number of cancelled votes is 121,019, while the margin of the lead between both candidates is 81,554.