The Peoples Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate in Plateau State, Jeremiah Useni, has picked Benedict Shignugul, a retired Theatre Nurse, as his running mate.
This was disclosed by the PDP Organising Secretary in the State, Yakubu Chocho.
Chocho said, the 58-year-old Shignugul, who hails from Mangu, was picked after “careful considerations and deliberations within the party’’.
According to him, “The party, together with the flag bearer, decided to pick Shignugul from a list of nine nominees.”
He said that the flag bearer had an option to pick whoever he wanted, but chose to involve the party in deciding who to run with.
Chocho said that the office was zoned to Plateau Central, adding that Mr Shignugul got the nod because he was of the same Mwagwavwul stock as the incumbent Deputy Governor, Sonni Tyoden.
The running mate, who has degrees in public administration and international law and diplomacy, is a former chairman of Mangu Local Government.
He served as Special Adviser to former Governor Joshua Dariye on Health Matters, and was later appointed as Chairman, Governing Council, of the Plateau State Health Management Board.
Shignugul, a former chairman of the governing board of the College of Health Technology, Zawan was, until his appointment, the Vice Chairman of the PDP in the Central Senatorial Zone of the State.