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Controversy as Jeremiah Useni names another running mate for PDP governorship election





- Jeremiah Useni has reportedly announced a new rerunning mate

- It was earlier announced that he had chosen Benedict Shignuhul

- Useni is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Plateau state

Jeremiah Useni who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has reportedly picked another running mate after it was first rumoured that he had chosen Benedict Shignuhul.

Premium Times reports that Ateeku Abubakar who is the media aide to Useni spoke on Thursday, October 18 to clarify the situation. He insisted that James Dalak is Useni’s running mate and not Shignuhul.

He said: “The information making the round that Jeremiah Useni has chosen Benedict Shignuhul as running mate was not true. That was just a rumour. The person to run with Useni is Dr. James Dalak.”

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According to his profile, “Dalak hails from Mangu local government area of the state and has a PhD degree in Accounting.

“He was the former head of revenue, Ikeja Area Office of Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS) until his current appointment as Deputy Director, Finance in the organisation.”

Recall that Senator Jeremiah Useni emerged the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau in the 2019 general elections.

Useni will face incumbent governor Simon Bako Lalong, 20 years his junior. Lalong belongs to the All Progressives Congress, APC. He also bagged the second term ticket of his party, unopposed on Sunday. Lalong, who is from Shendam LGA was born on May 5, 1963.

Useni polled 1018 votes to defeat 12 other candidates at the party’s primaries. His closest rival Johnbull Shekarau got 340 votes.

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In all, 2,097 delegates from the seventeen local government areas voted at the primaries.

Useni a serving senator representing Plateau south senatorial zone in the Senate was once the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and a former minister of transport. He was also between 1984 and 1985, the military governor of the old Bendel state, now made up of Edo and Delta state.

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