The managing director Nigeria Export Processing and free Zones Authority (NEPZA), Barr Emmanuel Jime, has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections.
Barr Jime emerged through a consensus after his five co-contestants unanimously adopted him as the party’s flag bearer during its state primaries held at the Benue Hotels in Makurdi on Monday.
Jime contested the APC governorship ticket with five other aspirants which include, Chief Akange Audu, Hon. Titus Zam, Arch. Asema Achado, Barr Benjamin Adanyi and Chief Mike Iordye.
Speaking on behalf of the five, Chief Akange Audu said it was their decision to unanimously adopt Jime as the gubernatorial flag bearer of the party.
Declaring Jime as the flag bearer of the party come 2019, the chairman of the Electoral Panel, Mutiu Ali affirmed the acceptance of Jime by the party delegates expressing optimism that through him APC will reclaim power in less than eight months.
In his acceptance speech, Barr Jime commended leaders, delegates and stakeholders of the party for their sacrifice.
Jime lauded the wisdom of the leader of APC in the state, Senator George Akume in managing the affairs of the party and vowed to work together with all in rescuing the state come February 2019.
While extending a hand of fellowship to his co-contenders, Jime noted that the dreams of their heroes who fought for the creation of Benue must not be in vain because of bad administrations.
According to him, the APC must rescue the state from what he described as empty promises and slogans of the Ortom administration insisting that his four year term was a wasted opportunity.
The APC standard bearer cautioned his supporters against politics of bitterness, violence and acrimony even as they embark on further campaigns.
Earlier, leader of the party and senator representing Benue North West, Senator George Akume applauded the delegates and stakeholders of the party for their enthusiasm and urged party faithful to support the candidate of APC.