Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)



Professor James Iorliam Apam was born on the 23rd of August, 1962 in Taraku, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State to Late Nathaniel Iorshe and Late Cecilia Tyar Apam.

He attended N.K.S.T. Primary School Apir from 1969 to 1975 after which he went to Government Secondary School, Lafia, from 1975 TO 1980 where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC).

From 1982 to 1986, he attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a BSC Degree in Political Science. After his National Youth Service in 1986 to 1987 at Government Day Secondary School, Biu in Borno State, he proceeded to the University of Jos FOR HIKS Masters of Science Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies in 1989.

In June 1989, he started work as an Administrative Officer in the Unified Local Government Service at Gwer Local Government. His service in the Local Government Service took him to a number of other Local Government Areas namely; Ado, Gwer West and Makurdi.

In 2000, he left the Local Government Service Committee to join the Benue State University in the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Lecturer.

Between 200 4 to 2005, he attended Lancaster University in the United Kingdom as a Commonwealth Scholar on the PhD split – site scheme. This means that he had to pursue his PhD in both Benue State and Lancaster Universities simultaneously.

The PhD was finally awarded by Benue State University in 2008. He continued his teaching and research in Benue State University and rose to become the Head of Department, Political Science in 2009. In 2012, he became the Deputy Director of Benue State University’s Centre for Peace and Development Studies.

In October 2016, he was appointed to a Professional Chair in Political Science by the University.

He is a member of a number of Professional Bodies namely: the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA), International Political Science Association (IPSA), American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Electoral Integrity Project. He is also member, Institute of Personnel Management and Associate Membership, Nigerian Institute of Management.

His hobbies are: playing badminton, reading and travelling.

He is the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kogi State.