75-year-old Jeremiah Useni wins Plateau PDP governorship primaries

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Jeremiah Useni
Jeremiah Useni

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jeremiah Useni, has clinched the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State.

With this development, Mr Useni, now a Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, would have to slug it out with the incumbent governor Simon Lalong who had been endorsed and given automatic ticket by the All Progressives Congress.

The battle for the Plateau State governorship election between the PDP and the APC in 2019 has been shifted to the Southern Senatorial Zone as both Messrs Lalong and Useni come from the South.

Mr Useni in the primary election with 13 aspirants held at the Treasures Inn Resort, Rayfield in Jos, polled 1,018 votes to defeat a member of the House of Representatives, Johnbull Shekarau with 340 votes.