Governor Darius Ishaku the Peoples Democratic Party candidate was on Tuesday declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Taraba State after he polled 520,432 votes against the 362,735 polled by the All Progressives Congress candidate Alhaji Sani Danladi to win the election.
The result which was declared by the INEC Collation Officer, Prof Shehu Iya, at INEC headquarters in Jalingo, showed that Governor Darius Ishaku won 12 out of the 16 local government areas in the state with a margin of 157,69.
The governor while thanking the people of the state for their support also called on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders in the state to continue to champion the crusade for peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.
However, due to the ensuing unrest, Governor Darius Ishaku’s ordered the extension of the curfew imposed in Jalingo on Monday by 24 hours. This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Bala Dan Abu.
Reports say that while PDP supporters were celebrating Ishaku’s victory in some of parts of the city, aggrieved members of the public suspected to be APC supporters, attacked the celebrating PDP supporters thus resulting in the destruction of properties yet to be quantified. The reports also claimed that a number of people had fled the city of Jalingo in fear for their lives.