There was jubilation in Benue state as the immediate past Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof. Bem Angwe, has been elected as the Governorship Candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) for the 2023 governorship elections in the State.
The university don and Professor of Law was announced the winner by the Chairman of the Benue State NNPP Electoral Committee/Returning Officer, Mallam Rabiu Abubakar who announced Prof. Angwe’s victory at Eunnyland Resort, Makurdi, venue for the governorship primary election.
“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, Prof. Bem Angwe is hereby declared the winner of the NNPP Governorship primary election in Benue State and is hereby returned.”
Mallam Abubakar commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct throughout the process, while the Secretary of the Electoral Committee Alex Amadi urged the delegates to extend the orderliness to the general election.
The NNPP party chairman in the state, Group Capt. Steve Adah (Rtd) while congratulating Prof. Angwe on his victory urged the NNPP party faithful to carry out civil engagements for the 2023 victory of Prof. Angwe and all the party’s flag bearers vying for various elective positions.
In his victory speech, Angwe the professor of Law and an academic of repute who has taught law at the highest level of academic pursuit said he was ready to face the People’s Democratic party(PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties that have filed governorship flag bearers ahead of next year’s election.
Prof. Angwe who was the only governorship candidate of the party applauded all the delegates across the 23 local government areas in the state for their trust in giving him the party’s ticket, and promised to bring dividends of democracy to the People.
Prof. Angwe the former Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria has taught International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Jos for 18 years.
He served in the capacity of Deputy Dean as well as Head of Department, International Law and Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Jos, HOD private law department.
As a human rights activist, immediate chairman NABTEB 10th governing Board, Prof. Angwe is the Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Legal Rights Advancement.
In that capacity he advocated vigorously for the domestication of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Nigeria leading to the passage of the Child Rights Act at the National Assembly in 2003. In collaboration with UNICEF, Prof. Angwe championed the adoption of the Child Rights Law in Plateau State.
He has attended many human rights courses at the American University, Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa amongst others.
He has also participated at many international and national human rights conferences, workshops and seminars both as resource person and as a discussant.
In public service, Prof Angwe has had a distinguished career and served as a Special Adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.