The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the early hours of Sunday declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,PDP, Hon. Garba Ajiya as the winner of the Saturday’s bye-election into Takum 1 State Constituency.
The PDP candidate polled 10,725 to defeat his closest opponent and the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Hon. Atem Ansho who polled 3,268 votes.
The Returning Officer for the election and Senior Lecturer with the Federal University Wukari, Dr. Ayuba Daniel announced the result at the collation centre in Takum.
Flanked by the National Commissioner in charge of Borno Adamawa and Taraba, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani, the Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf and his Yobe State counterpart, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, the returning officer said 73,183 voters registered in the constituency, but only 16,671 voters accredited and voted in the election.
Earlier, the Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf in a remark, expressed happiness over the successful conduct of the election.
He commended the security agencies, Corp Members, party stakeholders and electorates for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku while reacting to the election, congratulated the PDP candidate for his victory at the poll and commended INEC and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The Governor who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Hon. Emmanuel Bello, described the victory of his party as ‘victory for democracy.’
Ishaku called on the losers to accept the outcome of the result in good faith and for the winner to be magnanimous in victory.
The seat of Takum 1 State Constituency became vacant after the murder of the former member representing the constituency, Hon. Hosea Ibi.
Hosea Ibi was abducted late last year in his home town Takum and was found dead after 15 days.