Ex-lawmaker emerges Benue APC governorship candidate

Emmanuel Jime
Emmanuel Jime, NEPZA boss

A former Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Emmanuel Jime, has won the 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 other five aspirants for the governorship slot stepped down for Mr Jime, a former federal legislator.

Those who stepped down for Mr Jime were Akange Audu, Asema Achado, Michael Iordye, Titus Zam and Benjamin Adanyi.

Addressing the journalists on their decision to step down for Mr Jime, Mr Audu said they all voluntarily stepped down to allow Mr 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.

The chairman of the governorship primaries in the state, Mutiu Are, who conducted the polls by affirmation, therefore, asked those who were in support of Mr Jime’s candidature to affirm by voice vote.

He, therefore, declared Mr Jime winner after the affirmation of the yes votes.

Speaking at the occasion, George Akume, leader of the party in the state, commended the aspirants for their decision to endorse Mr 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, Mr 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.

He 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”.

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

The candidate, who was born on June 20, 1962, bagged a degree in law from ABU Zaria in 1983.

He served in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015 and was also a former Speaker, Benue House of Assembly.


Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.