Nigeria governorship: Two lawmakers and a priest race for Benue state

By Ben Ezeamalu

Posted on Wednesday, 15 March 2023 12:41
Two women look on as the Benue river overflows and floods homes on the bank in Makurdi, Nigeria, October 1, 2022. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The Benue governorship tussle has always been a straight contest between the PDP and the APC. But Peter Obi's strong showing at the polls, including in Benue where he got 40% of the total votes cast, has suddenly thrown the Labour Party into a force of reckoning.

The race to the Benue Government House, Makurdi, will kick off on 18 March with three major candidates jostling for the governorship ticket.

Titus Uba of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party in the state, will run against Hyacinth Alia, a Catholic priest, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Herman Hembe, a House of Representatives member, of the Labour Party (LP).