OrderPaperToday – It was a big victory for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP), Mr. Emmanuel Orker-Jev as he defeated the incumbent Senator of Benue North, George Akume, to join the list of those making it into Senate for the first time.
According to the returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Nicodemus Ochai, Mr. Jev who is also the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on FCT, polled 157, 726 to beat the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, George Akume who polled 115,422.
The Senator-elect was born on April 15th, 1963. He hails from Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. He attended NKST Primary School from 1970 until 1976 when he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC). From 1976 to 1981, he attended Bristow Secondary School. In 1985, he enrolled at the University of Jos, Plateau State and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) in 1988. He attended the Nigerian Law School in 1988 and was called to bar in 1989.
In 2007, after serving as a lawyer in the public and private sectors, Orker-Jev was elected to represent Buruku Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja. He has subsequently won re-election in 2011 and 2015 respectively. From May 2011 to May 2015, he served in the following committees; Ethics & Privileges, Drugs & Narcotics, Poverty Alleviation, Power, and Anti-corruption.
His defeat of Sen. Akume is a major upset in the politics of Benue State given the clout and influence of the former. Akume served as governor for 8 years and ‘retired’ into the senate in 2007 where he has been since till he lost a fifth term bid penultimate Saturday.
Reporting by Owokade Oluwatomilade