Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
Taraba State Governor and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Darius Dickson Ishaku, has won the last Saturday’s governorhsip election the state.
Ishaku polled a total of 520, 432 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, who polled a total of 362, 735.
The collation officer in the state, Prof. Shehu Manu, who declared the results at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) head office, in Jalingo, yesterday morning, said the governor satisfied other requirements by the law.
He also disclosed that the governor won 12 out of the 16 local government council areas in theå state, with a victory margin of 157,697 votes to secure his second tenure.
Meanwhile, the governor has ordered the extension of the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on Jalingo, Taraba State capital, to 24 hours,
This is in a bid to curtail the unrest in parts of the state, particularly the state capital, following his declaration as the governor-elect in the early hours of yesterday.
The governor had, on Monday, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Jalingo, prior to the declaration of the results.
Ishaku, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Bala Dan Abu, in a statement, directed security agencies in the state to “ensure strict enforcement of the curfew which takes immediate effect.”
The governor also urged his supporters to “ensure moderation in their celebration to avoid any form of provocation and leave no room for anyone to take advantage and cause confusion in any part of the state.
“This victory is for all of us, so long as we are from Taraba State, and so, we must celebrate like brothers and sisters, eschewing all forms of political bitterness.”
Jalingo, the state capital woke up to wild jubilation after the governor was declared winner of the governorship election and returned elected.