Senator Jeremiah Useni, 75, has emerged the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State for the 2019 general election.
Useni polled 1,018 votes to defeat 12 other candidates at the party’s primaries.
His closest rival, Johnbull Shekarau, got 340 votes.
In all, 2,097 delegates from the 17 local government areas of the state voted at the primaries.
Useni, a serving senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District, 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 States.
He was also a very close ally of former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha.
He was born February 15, 1943 in Langtang and joined the Nigeria Army after his early education.
He rose to the post of Lieutenant General before retiring in 1999.
Prior to the commencement of voting, Senator Victor Lar, on behalf of the aspirants, promised promised to support whoever emerges as the winner in Plateau State.
Senator Useni will face incumbent Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress, who also bagged the second term ticket of his party unopposed on Sunday.
Other parties will also soon announce their candidates.