Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has lost his bid to clinch the Benue North West senatorial seat to his former aide, Chief Titus Zam of the All Progressives Congress.
Zam was declared winner of the election for Benue North West Senatorial District by the Returning Officer, Prof. Rufus Shaato, at INEC office in Makurdi.
According to Shaato, Zam scored a total of 143,151 votes to emerge winner of the election as against Ortom who polled a total of 106,882 votes to come second while the Labour Party candidate, Mark Gbillah, had 51,950 votes.
Meanwhile, the results from various polling units, wards and local government area collation centres across the senatorial district indicated that the governor lost in six out of the seven local government areas winning only his native Guma.
The senator-elect served as Ortom’s Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs during his first tenure.