Former lawmaker wins APC governorship ticket in Benue

Former lawmaker wins APC governorship ticket in Benue

- The APC governorship primary of Benue state was conducted on Monday, October 1

- Emmanuel Jime won the governorship ticket to represent APC in the 2019 general elections

- Five other aspirants for the governorship slot in Benue stepped down for Jime

Former managing director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Emmanuel Jime, on Monday, October 1, won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for the 2019 general elections in Benue.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the primaries originally slated to hold on Sunday failed to hold on account of late arrival of sensitive voting materials.

NAN also reports that all five aspirants for the governorship slot stepped down for Jime, a former federal legislator. Those who stepped down for Jime were; Chief Akange Audu, Asema Achado, Michael Iordye, Titus Zam and Benjamin Adanyi.

Addressing the journalists on their decision to step down for Jime, Audu said they all voluntarily stepped down to allow Jime emerge the party’s flag bearer. He said they all signed an agreement before the leader of the party in the state and other party stalwarts.

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Chairman of the governorship primaries in the state, Mutiu Are, who conducted the polls by affirmation, therefore, asked those who were in support of Jime’s candidature to affirm by voice vote. He, therefore, declared Jime winner after the affirmation of the yes votes.

Speaking at the occasion, Senator George Akume, leader of the party in the state, commended the aspirants for their decision to endorse Jime as their candidate and said with his emergence, the party was sure to wrest power from the PDP in 2019.

In his acceptance speech, Jime said he was determined, with the support of the party, to rescue Benue from the clutches of underdevelopment and poverty.

He regretted that the sacrifices of the founding fathers of Benue were being mortgaged by politicians without foresight and pledged to tackle the development challenges confronting the state.

Jime said the state had fallen into the tragedy of a failed government and regretted that those entrusted with the task of providing security, welfare had become “treacherous accomplices”.

The governorship candidate urged all party members to roll up their sleeves for the task of redeeming the state from those mismanaging its resources. He assured of running an "issue-based campaign devoid of bitterness and desperation".

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”We will serve our people and not use brute force to coerce them," he pledged.

The candidate, who was born on 20th June, 1962 , bagged a degree in law from tABU Zaria in 1983. He served in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015 and was also a former Speaker, Benue House of Assembly. earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue emerged as the 2019 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue.

Ortom defeated other three contestants; John Tondo, Paul Orhii and Felix Atume at the primary election.

The chairman, PDP electoral panel for the state, Hajia Zainab Maina, announced that Ortom scored 2,210 votes to emerge winner, while Tondo got 475 votes and Atume and Orhii polled 44 and 10 votes respectively.

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