Emmanuel-Lyambee Jime is a Nigerian lawyer, and the current Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2021. He was the All Progressive Congress candidate for the 2019 Benue gubernatorial elections. Jime served as a House of Representatives member, representing the Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency between 2007 and 2015.
He was born on 20th June 1962 to the family of Pa Jime Tsav of Anter in Mbalagh Council Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area, Benue State. His father was a police officer. Jime is married to Comfort Jime (nee Oklobia) and they have three children: Emmanuella, Emmanuel and Cynthia. He is a devout Christian of the Catholic faith.
|Nigerian Law School, Lagos State||BL (Bachelor of Laws)||1983-1984|
|Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State||LL.B||1980-1983|
|Community Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State||West African Senior Certificate||1974-1979|
|St. Williams Primary School, Keffi,||First School Leaving Certificate||1968-1974|
|Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA)||Managing Director|
|Makurdi Local Government, Benue State||Legal Counsel|
|LOBI Chambers||Principal Partner|
|LUWA Chambers, Makurdi, Benue State||(National Youth Service Corps Member)|
June 20th, 1962
All Progressives Congress
House of Representatives member, representing the Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency (2007 and 2015)
Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council (since 2021)
In 1992, Jime ran for a seat in the Benue State House of Assembly, on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), and he won. Shortly afterwards, he was elected as the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly. At this time, he was 30 years of age, making him one of the youngest Speakers in the country at the time. He held this position between 1992 and 1993.
Jime also served as the House of Representatives member, representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency from 2007 to 2015.
In 2019, on the platform of All Progressives Congress, he ran for the seat of Governorship of Benue State. He received 345,155 votes, falling right behind the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom of PDP, who polled 434,473 votes. Jime challenged Ortom’s victory and filed a petition on the grounds of substantial noncompliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act (2010). However, on 21st January 2020, the Supreme Court affirmed Ortom’s re-election as the governor of Benue State.
Awards & Honours
- The Government of Benue State, under the administration of Samuel Ortom, criticised Jime for going to IDP camps in Benue State with the promise of giving them relief materials, only to turn the visit into a campaign rally and an open debate against Ortom.