Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated Prof. Nora Daduut over her victory in the Plateau South senatorial by-election held on Dec. 5.
The governor’s congratulatory message is conveyed via a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPA), Dr Makut Macham, on Sunday in Jos.
Daduut, who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), became the first woman to be elected from Plateau State into the Senate.
She will replace the late Sen. Ignatius Longjan, who died on Feb. 9.
Daduut polled 83,151 votes to defeat her closest opponent, Mr George Daika, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 70, 838 votes.
In the statement, Lalong described Daduut’s victory as “historic”, adding that the victory had demonstrated the acceptance of the APC in the state
“The victory of Prof. Nora Daduut is not surprising, as the APC is well-rooted in the whole state, particularly in the Southern Senatorial District.
“I have no doubt she will give quality representation to the people of the zone and also represent the interest of the state in the red chamber,” he said.
Lalong commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for working assiduously toward a successful election.
The governor also thanked the voters for conducting themselves peacefully, while ensuring that the by-election was devoid of violence and electoral malpractice.
He urged the candidates of other political parties who lost in the by-election to rally round the winner in the best interest of the zone and the state at large.