Buhari Appoints Ex-APC Governorship Candidate As Shippers’ Council Executive Secretary

A file photo of Mr Emmanuel Jime. Source: Facebook.


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Emmanuel Jime as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the appointment of Jime is for a four-year tenure which is renewable.

“Mr Jime, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law, brings his wealth of experience to the new role having distinguished himself in several public offices.

“He was at a time Managing Director at the Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), a two-term member of the House of Representatives representing Makurdi/Guma Federal constituency in Benue State between 2007 and 2015, and Speaker of the State House of Assembly from 1992 to 1993,” said the statement.

Jime was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State in the 2019 general elections.

But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared incumbent Governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the poll ahead of Jime and other contestants who participated.

Ortom had polled 434,473 votes in the March 23, 2019, election to beat Jime who got 345,155 votes – a margin of 89,318.

His emergence as the winner followed an unsettled election held two weeks earlier in which Ortom scored 410,576 votes ahead of Jime who had 329,022 votes.

But INEC declared it inconclusive because of the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 and the winning margin of 81,554 votes and later held a supplementary poll in 204 polling units across 22 Local Government Areas of Benue State.

In another statement, Shehu revealed that President Buhari has approved the constitution of the Board of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) for a period of three years, reappointing Senator Lawal Shuaibu (Zamfara State) as Chairman.

The appointment, according to him, takes into cognisance requisite competence, experience, and network in the housing industry to actualise the present administration’s vision of providing decent and affordable housing for Nigerians.

Other members of the Board are Modestus Umenzekwe (Anambra), Mumini Hanafi (Kwara), Adamu Dadi (Yobe), Adamu Ismaila (Adamawa) Zubairu S.N (Nasarawa), Chinyere Anokwuru (Abia), Yinka Ogunsulire (Ondo), Veronica Shinnaan (Plateau), Aleruchi Cookey-Gam (Rivers), and Olajumoke Akinwunmi (Ogun).

‘Do Not Despair’, Jime Tells Supporters After Supreme Court Verdict

APC’s Jime Rejects Benue Governorship Election Result, Heads To Court
A file photo of APC governorship candidate in Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Jime.



The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Jime, has called for calm following the judgement of the Supreme Court.

He made the call on Tuesday after the apex court affirmed the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom in the March 9 poll.

In a statement personally signed by him, he thanked the members of his party and his supporters for standing by him throughout the court processes.

“Do not despair over news of today’s verdict. Taunts, jeers and intimidation will come, but let’s not buckle under them and see those as part of the sacrifice we need to make for a better tomorrow,” the APC candidate said.

He added, “The verdict announced by the Supreme Court today signals an end to our inquest on the 2019 governorship elections in Benue.

“It does not mean we will take our eyes off governance issues as they affect people of Benue.”

Jime noted that sad as the judgment was to him, he and his supporters have accepted the verdict in good faith.

He, however, stressed that it was not out of a need to pursue power or take advantage of the judicial process when they filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal in 2019.

The APC candidate explained that they took the route all the way to the Supreme Court as part of their commitment towards strengthening the integrity of the nation’s electoral process.

“It was and remains our firm belief that unless the sanctity of the ballot is guaranteed, self-serving politicians will continue to game the system to retain their clutch on power.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank our legal team. They put up a dogged fight and presented a good case with solid evidence,” he said.

Jime added, “The outcome might not have gone our way, but it shows we will never look the other way where we see cases of electoral malpractice. I remain eternally grateful for the efforts of our lawyers and witnesses.

“I also extend my appreciation to the Justices of the Supreme Court, who in spite of a back-breaking workload, gave our petition the thorough attention it deserved. The outcome notwithstanding, we remain highly respectful of their verdict.”

Court Dismisses Jime, APC’s Appeal Challenging Ortom’s Re-Election

2019 Elections: Ortom Picks PDP Nomination Form
A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.



The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the victory of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in the March 9 governorship election.

In a unanimous judgement delivered on Thursday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the poll, Mr Emmauel Jime, for lacking in merit.

The judgment also resolved all the issues against the appellants.

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Meanwhile, the appellate court awarded the sum of N150,000 fine against the APC candidate.

Governor Ortom contested for re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after defecting from the APC.

In his reaction, the governor described the judgment as a victory for the people of the state who gave him a second term mandate.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, he noted that verdict has not only validated the earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal but also confirmed the choice of Benue voters in the 2019 polls.

The governor also thanked the leadership and members of the PDP in the state and the residents in general for the support given to him.

He thanked his legal team for its outstanding performance at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Governor Ortom, however, stressed that the task of building the state was the responsibility of all the people and called on the APC candidate and other contestants in the last election to join hands with him to develop Benue.

He stated that his administration would collaborate with sons and daughters of the state, irrespective of political differences, ethnicity, religion, and place of origin.

APC’s Jime Rejects Benue Governorship Election Result, Heads To Court

APC’s Jime Rejects Benue Governorship Election Result, Heads To Court


The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Jime, has rejected the outcome of the poll.

Mr Jime faulted the result on Sunday shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Samuel Ortom as the winner of the keenly contested poll.

He told Channels Television in Makurdi, the state capital that he would challenge the governor’s victory in court.

Benue Election: Ortom Dedicates Victory To Supporters, Extends Hand Of Collaboration
Ortom Declared Winner Of Benue Governorship Election


The APC candidate explained that he would approach the Election Petition Tribunal to reclaim his allegedly stolen mandate by Governor Ortom who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He alleged that a lot of votes secured by the governor were in clear violation of the Electoral Act, stressing that only votes captured by the card reader should be allowed.

Jime insisted that he won the poll and accused the PDP of “massive rigging” during the supplementary election which held on March 23 after INEC had declared the initial exercise inconclusive.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Maimako Sebastian, had announced that Governor Ortom won the election at the collation centre in Makurdi.

According to him, the PDP candidate polled 434,473 votes to defeat his APC rival who got 345,155 votes, with a lead margin of 89,318 votes.

Benue Election: Ortom Dedicates Victory To Supporters, Extends Hand Of Collaboration

Governor Samuel Ortom has dedicated his victory to his supporters and the people of Benue State for re-electing him for a second tenure.

Ortom, while addressing a press conference at the government house in Makurdi on Sunday, promised to set up a truth and reconciliation committee for genuine peace and development across the state, as extended a hand of collaboration to his opponents to join him in building the state.

“I dedicate the victory to the good people of Benue state for standing with me, especially all members of the PDP. I call on all those who contested, to join me so that together we shall build the Benue of our collective dream.”

Ortom was today declared winner of the March 9th governorship election after weeks of many political face-offs with his former political associates in the APC and now enjoins them to let peace reign.

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“I know that partisan politics is over now and it’s about governance. The platform I secured to become an elected governor of Benue state is the PDP. Automatically, I have become the governor of all political parties in Benue state.”

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom speaks with Channels Television on the postponement of the general elections on February 16, 2019.

“As we celebrate, let us engage in peaceful behaviours and reconciliation. Avoid use of hurtful and insulting political words. I will set up a peace reconciliatory committee so we can find ways to forgive one another.”

Meanwhile, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, has declared that he will approach the election petition tribunal to reclaim his allegedly stolen mandate by incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom.

Jime who spoke exclusively to Channels Television alleged that a lot of votes secured by governor Ortom, were in clear violation of the electoral act which states that only votes captured by the card reader should be allowed, accusing the PDP of massive vote rigging.

The returning officer, Professor Maimako Sebastian while declaring governor Samuel Ortom winner said, Ortom polled 434,473 votes to beat Jime who got 345,155 votes with a lead margin of 89,318 votes after the final result of the final ballot.


Ortom, Jime Call For Calm After INEC Declares Benue Election Inconclusive


The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, who is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, has urged his supporters to remain calm and work towards consolidating the mandate given him by turning out en mass when INEC fixes a date for the supplementary poll.

Mr Ortom made the call on Monday while addressing journalists after INEC declared the election inconclusive.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime, on the other hand, urged his supporters not to despair despite the poll gap between him and the governor.

Read Also: INEC Declares Benue Governorship Election Inconclusive

He also believes that his party still has an advantage over the PDP and therefore, asked them to remain calm.

The Returning Officer, Professor Sabastine Maimako, had declared the results inconclusive on Monday.

According to him, it was as a result of the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 as against the winning margin between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is 81,554.

Benue Governorship Race: APC Picks Jime To Challenge Ortom


The All Progressive Congress (APC) has picked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority, Emmanuel Jime, as its consensus candidate ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Benue State.

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 Governor Samuel Ortom who emerged the PDP’s governorship candidate.

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.