Victor Lar

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Victor Lar
Federal Representative for Langtang North and South, Plateau State
In office
May 1999 – May 2007
Senator for Plateau South
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by John Nanzip Shagaya
Personal details
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Religion Christian

Victor Lar is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Plateau South constituency of Plateau State, Nigeria in the April 2011 national elections. Lar was running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

Victor Lar is a Tarok from Langtang, in southern Plateau State.[1] He obtained a degree in Political Science.[2] Retired Lt. General Jeremiah Useni, whom Lar defeated in the 2011 election, described himself as Lar's political godfather. As national deputy chairman for the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), he sponsored Lar as the successful ANPP candidate in the April 1999 election for the Langtang North and South Federal Constituency of the Federal House of Representatives. Lar was reelected in April 2003.[3]

Lar was one of the first politicians to declare his opposition to the bid by President Olusegun Obasanjo to change the constitution to allow for a third presidential term.[2] In June 2006 Lar escaped assassination when four gunmen broke into his home while he was away. The motive was unknown.[4] In the April 2007 elections, Lar ran for election as Governor of Plateau State on the ANPP platform, but lost to Jonah Jang. In October 2009 he resigned from the party.[5]

In the April 2011 elections, Lar ran for the Plateau South Senatorial seat on the PDP ticket and scored 132,768 votes. He defeated his former sponsor Jerry Useni of the Democratic People's Party (DPP), who got 97,846 votes, and the incumbent Senator John Shagaya of the Labour Party (LP), who received 72,534 votes. Both of Lar's opponents were retired army generals.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Jos Recurring Crisis: there are four sides to the story". Elombah. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b Jacob Edi (June 19, 2006). "Lessons from death of 3rd term". The Sun. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  3. ^ ACHOR ABIMAJE (10 May 2011). "My Political Protégé Undermined Me – Useni". Leadership (Nigeria). Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  4. ^ Tongnaan Dada bawa (June 27, 2006). "Victor Lar escapes assassination plot". Nigerian Newsday. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  5. ^ Andrew Agbese (2 November 2009). "Victor Lar Resigns From ANPP". Daily Trust. Media Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Lar beats Useni, Shagaya to Senate...Dariye clinches ticket too". Daily Trust. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10.