Ex-INEC umpire Yilwatda picks Plateau APC governorship ticket

Nentawe Yilwatda

Nentawe Yilwatda

By Peter Amine/Jos

A former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Benue Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Nentawe Yilwatda has emerged Plateau All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr Habu Ajiya who announced the result said that Yilwatda scored 803 votes to defeat three other aspirants in the governorship primary election held on Thursday in Jos.

Ajiya said that Dr Patrick Dakum came second with 70 votes, while Plateau deputy governor Sonni Tyoden got 25 votes.

The electoral committee chairman said that five out of the nine aspirants withdrew from the race before the commencement of the primary election.

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According to him, those who stepped down are; Mr Sunday Biggs, Dr Sarpiya Danyaro, Sen. Hezekiah Dimka and Dr Steve Fitka.

Three of the remaining four aspirants; the deputy governor Sonni Tyoden, Dr Patrick Dakum and David Dimka staged a walk out just before voting commenced.

The aspirants left the venue when delegates from two out of the 17 Local Government Areas, Quanpan and Langtang South voted.

The aspirants declined to speak with journalists on why they walked out.

Yilwatda thanked the APC delegates for giving him the ticket to lead the party in the general elections.

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