The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Benue governorship election, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, has emerged the winner of the March 18 poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the governor-elect after he polled 473,933 votes.
He defeated his closest rival and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Titus Uba, who garnered 223,913.
Alia was suspended from priestly duties in the Catholic following his entrance into partisan politics.
He will become the second catholic priest to govern the middle belt state after Fr Moses Adasu who was governor from 1992-1993.