The All Progressive Congress (APC) Emmanuel Jime as its consensus candidate ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Benue State.
Jime, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority, is widely expected to give the incumbent Governor Samuel Ortom a strong challenge in next year’s poll.
The party reached the decision on Monday after five other aspirants conceded the ticket to Mr Jime, a move that was affirmed by an overwhelming voice vote at the primary.
According to the spokesperson of the aspirants, Mr Audu Akange, they agreed to allow Mr Jime fly the party’s flag in order to defeat Ortom who emerged the PDP’s governorship candidate after his defection in July.
Jime in his acceptance speech thanked the party members for choosing him as the consensus candidate and therefore, called for their support to help him win the election and reposition the besieged state.