Senator Jeremiah Useni, representing Plateau South Senatorial zone has emerged the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau in the 2019 general elections.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN, Useni polled 1018 votes to defeat 12 other candidates at the party’s primaries. His closest rival Johnbull Shekarau got 340 votes.
The 75-year-old 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.
He was also a very close ally of former military Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
He was born 16 February 1943 in Langtang and joined the army after his early education. He rose to the post of Lt. General before retiring in 1999.
Senator Useni will face incumbent governor, Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress,APC, who also bagged the second term ticket of his party, unopposed on Sunday.