BREAKING: 2023 Benue Governorship Polls: Three Key Reasons Why Rev. Alia Won

On Monday, March 21, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressive Congress (APC) the Benue state governor-elect.

Alia cruised to a landslide victory after polling 473,933 votes ahead of his rival Titus Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 223,913.

However, some key factors that handed Alia victory at the governorship polls are as follows…..CONTINUE READING
1. Ali’s priestly figure and popularity

Nigeria is a very religious country that adheres strictly to the doctrine of its religion no matter the cultural imperialistic nature of the media, migrants and aliens.

Ali, an ordained priest in Roman Catholic, was predicted to get voter sympathy due to his religious nature and position in the spiritual line.
2. Governor Ortom and PDP’s antecedents in Benue state

The two tenures of PDP’s Governor Samuel Ortom has been marred with a series of crisis and turmoil that greeted the citizens of Benue.

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In his eight years in office, Governor Ortom could not handle the farmers-herders crisis and insecurity in the state that has led to the loss of life and properties.

Similarly, Ortom’s administration is known for the unregular payment of civil servants salaries and arrears.
3. Internal crisis in Benue state PDP

During the build-up to the polls, Governor Ortom’s PDP became divided when he publicly declared his support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate.

This action by Ortom led to an internal crisis within the ranks of the PDP as one faction was rooting for PDP’s bannerman, Atiku Abubakar and the other, Peter Obi.

Alia took advantage of this factor and wooed some PDP members to pitch tents with them during the gubernatorial polls.

Lawal Dare: 5 Things You Should Know About the Man Who Unseated Gov Matawalle in Zamfara Guber Polls –

Lawal Dare of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) changed the odds when he emerged as the 2023 Zamfara state gubernatorial election winner.

His victory was a major upset for the incumbent, Governor Bello Matawalle of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who managed to poll 311, 976 votes losing to the opposition candidate who polled 377,726 to emerge the winner.
Lawal Dare
Lawal Dauda Dare defeated the incumbent Governor Bello Matawalle to become the governor-elect of Zamfara state.

However, in this short piece, will look at who Lawal Dare is. Below are the five things to know about the Zamfara state governor-elect.
1. Family background

Lawal was born into a Hausa Islamic family on 2 September 1965.

His family was famous in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, for their success in the textile industry.
2. Educational background

Lawal bagged his first degree in political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in 1987 and later bagged his master’s in political science/international relations from the same university in 1992.

He also holds a doctorate in business administration from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He has various academic stints at the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School, Oxford University Business School and Lagos Business School, among others.
3. Career background

His career as a professional kicked off in 1989 when he landed his first job as a political education officer with the Agency for Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Reliance Nigeria.

The same year, he switched camp to Westex Nigeria Limited as an assistant general manager.

In 1994, he became the assistant consular officer (immigration) and later chief protocol officer at the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, D.C. United States.

In the early 2000s, he switched his career path to banking, where he joined one of Nigeria’s prominent financial institutions, First Bank Nigeria Limited.

He was appointed the relationship manager of commercial banking by First Bank in 2003 and rose to the ranks of a senior manager.

The governor-elect is a fellow at the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration of Ghana, a Member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria, African Business Roundtable, and a Member of the Institute of Corporate Administration, Nigeria.
4. Successful businessman

Lawal is the owner of Zam blocks situated in Zamfara state. It is believed to be the largest block factory in the state and was solely established to reduce unemployment for youths in the state.

He also owns other chains of businesses in agriculture and water production.