Air Vice Marshal (rtd) Frank O. Ajobena, CON was the military administrator of Abia State from 28 August 1991 until January 1992.

When Felix Mujakperuo was chosen as Orodje of Okpe Kingdom in 2004, Ajobena filed suit in favor of his own claim to the throne. Ajobena’s suit was dismissed,and Mujakperuo was installed as Orhue I, Orodje of Okpe on July 29, 2006.

Ogbonnaya Onu (born December 1, 1951) is a Nigerian politician, author and engineer. He was the first civilian governor of Abia state and the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Life and Education

OgbonnayaOnu was born on the 1st of December 1951, to the family of His Royal Highness, Late Eze David Aba Onu (EzeAdu of Uburu) in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi StateNigeria. He started his education at Izzi High School in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. Here, he obtained grade one with distinction in his West African School Certificate Examination.He also sat for the High School Examination at College of Immaculate Conception (C.I.C) Enugu, graduating as the overall best student. He proceeded to the University of Lagos and graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering in 1976. He went for his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a PhD in Chemical engineering in 1980.

Career Teaching career

After his graduation from the University of Lagos, OgbonnayaOnu became a teacher at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State. After the completion of his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Onu became a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, and later became the pioneer Head of the Department. He also served as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and was also elected as a Member of the Governing Council of the University.

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Political career

OgbonnayaOnu started his political Career as an aspirant for a Senatorial seat in the old Imo State on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He contested for the position of Governor of Abia State in 1991 under the umbrella of the National Republican Convention and won. He was sworn in as the first Executive Governor of the State in January 1992. He was the first Chairman, Conference of Nigerian elected Governors. In 1999, he was the Presidential flag bearer for the All People’s Party but relinquished the position to Chief OluFalae after a merger of his party with the Alliance for Democracy who lost to Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP. He became the National Party Chairman of the All Nigerian People’s Party 2010. In 2013, he his party (ANPP) successfully merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and some members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC). In November 2015, he was appointed Minister of Science and Technology by President Muhammadu Buhari. on 21 August 2019, He was sworn in again as Minister of Science and Technology by President Muhammadu Buhari

Awards and achievements

Dr. Onu is a certified member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering,fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. As a Minister of Science and Technology, he began the National Science and Technology Week which held its first edition on the 13th to 17 April 2017 in Abuja and then in March 2018 to showcase inventors and inventions. He signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) with three international companies to export indigenous technologies and food. He also signed an agreement with NASCO to kick off commercial production of High Nutrient Density biscuits. In 2016, he initiated a programme tagged “774 YOUNG NIGERIAN SCIENTISTS PRESIDENTIAL award (774-YONSPA)” aimed at encouraging and developing the interest of Nigerian youth in science, technology, and innovation (STI).

Controversies

AG PRESIDENT OSINBAJO INAUGURATES RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNADTABLE 5 L–R; Chairman House Committee on Climate Change, Rp Sam Onuigbo, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Chairman Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Robert Boroface and Chairperson House of Rep Committee on Science and Technology, Hon Beni Lar during inaugural Nigerian Renewable Energy round table held at the Banquet Hall Presidential Villa. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. JUNE 20 2017.

DrOnu said Nigeria will begin local production of pencils by 2018 which he said will provide 400,000 jobs. As of 2019, the said production of pencils has not commenced. In 1999, prior to the Presidential election and the alliance between the All People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy, Dr. Onu was involved in a conflict involving both APP/AD picking Chief OluFalae as the joint presidential flag bearer.

Chinyere Ike Nwosu (born November 21, 1946) was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Abia State (December 1993 – September 1994) and then of Oyo State (September 1994 – August 1996) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

As Abia State governor, he was described as a very controversial administrator given to whimsical actions. In 1993, his wife ChinyereNwosu established the Abia Less Privileged Organisation (ALPO), to assist women in gaining accommodation and skills.

As governor of Oyo State, he upset the power balance of the traditional rulers by making the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba LamidiAdeyemi, permanent chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas. Before then, the position had rotated between the three Obas.In March 1995, he ordered motorists and taxi passengers from their vehicles at the Egebda taxi and lorry motor park in Ibadan for violating the Oyo “Sanitation Day” exercise. His mobile court fined scores of travelers, and forced them to kneel in the hot sun. On April 25, Nwosu’s aides attacked a bank manager in Ibadan after the banker’s car almost collided with Nwosu’s convoy, beating the man unconscious with rifle butts.

In response to a strike threat, in February 1995, Nwosu ordered the closure of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, and sacked the entire work force of the corporation.The September 1996 issues of Nigerian news magazines, Tell and This Week claimed that Nwosu “spent 16.875 million naira ($214,000) on himself between March 1995 and March 1996”.

Navy Captain (later Commander) Temi Ejoor was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Enugu State (December 1993 – September 1994) and then of Abia State (September 1994 – August 1996) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

TemiEjoor was born in Ughelli in Delta State. He is an alumnus of Hussey College Warri.

As Abia State governor he earned the nickname “Wey my own?” among the locals because he reportedly asked this question about any government project, asking how big his cut would be.He dismissed about three thousand staff of Nsukka origin who had been appointed during the Nwodo administration. The concept of Obuaku City was conceived during his rule, as a new city to provide homes for people working in the nearby big cities of Aba and Port Harcourt, but little progress was made.

Moses Fasanya was a Nigerian colonel from Ibadan, Oyo State who served as Military Administrator of Abia State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He then became Military Administrator of Ondo State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Adebayo Adefarati in May 1999.[2]

He caused difficulty in Ondo State by clumsy handling of the election of the traditional Owo leader, leading to chaos, killing and destruction of property. In October 1998, hundreds of people were killed in clashes between local Ijaws in the Akpata region and IlajeYorubas seeking work on a newly found oilfield. Fasanya had difficulty finding agreement with Ijaw leaders on ways to stabilize the situation. He deployed soldiers and police to the area in an attempt to restore peace. In February 1999, Fasanya’s aides mistreated and detained fifteen journalists covering a meeting of state administrators of the Odu’a Investment Company in Akure.

In March 2009, an oil tanker caught fire in Obadore near Lagos State University. Ex-governor Fasanya lost printing materials and other goods worth over N3 million which he had stored in ten shops in the town that were destroyed in the blaze.

Anthony Obi was a Nigerian Lt. Colonel who served as Military Administrator of Osun State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He then became Military Administrator of Abia State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Orji UzorKalu in May 1999.

Career

He inherited problems in Osun State with conflict between the Ife and Modakeke people, which periodically erupted into violence. A crisis was triggered when his administration decided to move the local council headquarters from one town to the other. Anthony Obi set up a Royal Committee to make recommendations on resolving the crisis, and declared a seven-day fasting and prayer program in March 1998 concentrating on peace in Ile-Ife.

During his administration of Osun State he commissioned a water corporation office in Ifetedo, but did not provide adequate water supplies.When two factions of the union of Local Government Employees began publishing two rival newsletters, Anthony Obi banned them both.

In September 1998, Lieut. Col. Anthony Obi told reporters that the 31 members of the Provisional Ruling Council and all 36 state military administrators would declare their assets, in line with General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s intention to hand over a clean administration to civilian rulers in May 1999.[6] As administrator of Abia State, he built Camp Neya, a government retreat and golf course in undulating country in Igbere, commissioned on his last day in power on May 28, 1999.

Background

Orji Uzor Kalu was born to the family of Mr. Johnson Uzor Nesiegbe Kalu and Mrs Eunice Kalu. He attended Christ the King School Aba and Government College Umuahia. After studying at Barewa College, Zaria, he enrolled in the University of Maiduguri where he studied political science. During his time at the university, Kalu became a student activist, and participated in the “Ali Must Go” riots against the Education minister. His participation resulted in his suspension. While his fellow students later took the school authorities to court, Kalu left school to build his own business.

With only $35 to his name that he had borrowed from his mother, Kalu began trading palm oil, first buying the oil from Nigeria’s eastern regions and then selling it in the country’s northern regions. He then began buying and reselling furniture on a large scale.

Kalu eventually established SLOK Holding, a conglomerate that would consist of a number of successful companies, including the Ojialex Furniture Company, SLOK Nigeria Limited, SLOK United Kingdom Limited, Adamawa Publishers Limited, SLOK Vegetable Oil, Aba, SLOK Paper Factory, Aba, SLOK United States Incorporated, SLOK Ghana, Togo, Cotonou, Guinea, South Africa, Liberia, Botswana, SLOK Korea, Supreme Oil Limited, SLOK Airlines, Sun Publishing Limited, and First International Bank Limited.

Kalu became the youngest Nigerian to receive the National Merit Award from President Ibrahim Babangida, at the age of 26 in 1986. He was selected as the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce’s Industrialist of the Year and awarded the Humanitarian Award of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka’s Humanitarian Club, the Volunteer Award of the International Association of Volunteers, the National Merit Award, the EU Special Award in Brussels, and the World Bank Leon Sullivan Award.

Kalu has a degree from Abia State University, a Certificate in Business Administration from Harvard University and honorary doctorates from the universities of Maiduguri and Abia State.

Corporate and Political Background

Kalu headed First International Bank Limited at the age of 33. He also stewarded Nigerian commercial relations with China’s SinoPacific Shipbuilding company while serving as a principal of SLOK Holding.

On July 11, 2007, Kalu was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on charges of corruption while serving as the governor of Abia State. He was later released on bail and accused the Obasanjo regime of persecuting him during and after his tenure in office, an accusation mentioned by former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell in his book, “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink.

Kalu has been a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, a “close friend and father, who deserves all the support to make Nigeria better.

Newspapers

Kalu is the chairman of the Daily Sun, a Nigerian daily print newspaper founded and published in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. The newspaper had a daily circulation of 130,000 copies as of 2011, and 135,000 for weekend titles, with an average of 80% sales. The Daily Sun was the highest selling newspaper in Nigeria. The Daily Sun was incorporated on March 29, 2001, and began production as a weekly on January 18, 2003, and as a daily on June 16, 2003. The newspaper is similar in format to The Sun in the United Kingdom.

Kalu is also the chairman of the New Telegraph, Nigeria’s first politically independent all-national newspaper, with a circulation of 100,000 copies per day. The newspaper targets domestic and foreign readers in major urban centers throughout the country and offers objective coverage of political, social, and cultural issues.

Njiko Igbo Movement

Kalu is involved with the Njiko Igbo Movement, whose purpose is to help secure the presidential seat for a Nigerian citizen of Igbo extraction; an Igbo has only held the position of a head of state for six months since Nigeria’s independence.

The movement has branches and support groups throughout the diaspora. Kalu launched the organization together with former Nigerian Senator Emmanuel Onwe, a human rights advocate and lawyer earlier based in the United Kingdom.

Conviction

Kalu was convicted by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and sentenced to 12 years in prison for N7.65 billion frauds. He was convicted for defrauding the government of Abia State where he was a governor for 8 years using his company, Slok Nigeria Limited. Days after the court ordered the forfeiture of the company, Nigeria anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC commenced the process of winding down Slok Nigeria Limited including The Sun Publishing Ltd which was not part of the charges. Consequently, The Sun Publishing Ltd approached a high Court in Lagos for interpretation of the judgment that convicted Kalu and Slok Nigeria Limited asking the court to compel EFCC to stay away from The Sun Publishing Ltd since it was not part of the court case. He was held in custody at the Ikoyi prisons in Lagos.

In December, Kalu filed a bail application at a Lagos High Court pending the determination of his appeal against his conviction. On December 23, 2019 the court rejected his bail application for lack of merit.

On Friday,8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled that his trial was wrongly conducted and released him from prison while ordering a retrial.

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court deemed Mr Kalu’s conviction inappropriate and ordered a retrial of the case, according to multiple media reports out of the court.

A seven-member panel of the apex court, in a unanimous verdict delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko, declared that the conviction null and void, Channels TV reported Friday.

According to the report, Justice Eko declared that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Mr Kalu, was already a justice of the Court of Appeal, when he ruled and sentenced Mr Kalu and his co-defendant.

He held that a Justice of the Court of Appeal cannot operate as a judge of the Federal High Court and ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case for trial. Kalu was released from the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kuje on Wednesday 3rd June, 2020.

Personal Life

Kalu married Ms. Ifeoma Ada Menakaya in December 1989, and they got married in his hometown of Igbere, Abia State. He has four children namely: Neya Lawrence Iyere nee Orji Uzor Kalu, Michael Uzor Kalu, Olivia Uzor Kalu and Nicole Uzor Kalu.

Timeline

1999: He was elected as the Governor of Abia State on People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

2003: He was re-elected as Governor.

2006: He left People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and found Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA).

2007: He contested for the Presidential Seat on the PPA platform.

2007: His corruption trial began and he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) in 2007.

2011: He contested as the Abia North Senatorial candidate on the PPA platform.

2012: He re-joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

2015: He later returned to Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) to contest for the Senatorial Election.

2016: The Supreme court ruled that he should stand trial, this was nine years after his legal battle with the EFCC.

2016: He joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) political party.

2018: He was given the Title: Danbaiwan-Hausa (Gifted Son of Hausa kingdom) by the Emir of Daura in President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown.

2019: He contested for the Abia State Senatorial Election and he won.

2019: He was convicted and jailed 12 years for corruption in December, 2019.

2020: He was released from prison by the judgement of the Supreme Court who ruled on Friday, 8 May that he was wrongfully convicted. The Supreme Court ordered a re-trial

Theodore Ahamefule Orji CON is a Nigerian Politician who is a former governor of Abia State, in southeast Nigeria, on May 29, 2007 and re-elected on April 26, 2011. He was formerly a career civil servant, and served as the Chief of Staff to Abia Governor, Orji UzorKalu.

Background

Theodore Ahamefule Orji was born in AmaokweUgba, Umuahia – Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in 1950. He attended Santa Crux Secondary School, Olokoro, Holy Ghost College, Owerri and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Ibadan in 1977. He enlisted for the National Youths Corps Scheme on graduation and was deployed to Sokoto State as a teacher at Government Secondary School, Shinkafi, Isa Local Government Area.

On completion of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme in 1978, Orji began working as an Administrative Officer in the old Imo State civil service in December 1979. He subsequently served in various capacities in the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Agriculture, and Imo State Government House.

When Abia State was created in 1991, Orji returned to Umuahia where he served in Government House, Umuahia, Bureau of Budget and Planning and Ministry of Agriculture. On March 1, 1996, Orji was seconded to the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), now INEC, Abia State as Administrative Secretary and was later redeployed to Enugu State in 1997 where he supervised the elections that ushered in the democratic government in the state in 1999. Thereafter, he returned to Abia State as Principal Secretary, Government House, Umuahia and Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor.

Political career

In December 2006, Orji won the gubernatorial primaries of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) to contest the 2007 governorship elections in Abia State. On April 14, 2007, he resoundingly defeated his closest rival by over 200,000 votes to emerge Governor of Abia State. He thus made history as being the first Governor in the History of Nigeria to win his election while in detention. He was sworn in on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 as the 3rd Executive Governor of Abia, Gods Own State.

He was reelected as Governor on April 26, 2011.

Theodore Ahamefule Orji in April 11, 2015 won the Abia Central Senate election to represent the people of Abia Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate.

Theodore Ahamefule Orji having served his people for eight years after being elected twice as the Governor of Abia State handed over to Dr Okezie Ikpeazu as the 4th democratically elected Governor of Abia State on May 29, 2015 at Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.

Personal

Chief T.A. Orji has been recognized and conferred with many traditional titles, including OchendoIbeku, Utuagbaigwe of Ngwaland, and Ohazurume of Abia South. He is married to Mercy Odochi Orji and they have five children.

Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is the Governor of Abia State, in office since May 29, 2015. He was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. He was re-elected as the governor of Abia state after winning the March 9th, gubernatorial election.

Early life

Okezie was born on October 18, 1964, to the family of late Pa Ishmael and Deaconess Bessie Ikpeazu of Umuebere in Umuobiakwa village, Isialaukwu, Mbato Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. Ikpeazu attended Amaise Central Primary School, Umuobiakwa. In 1973, while in primary five, he gained admission into Eziama High School, Aba and later moved to Ihie High School, IsialaNgwa where he took his School certificate examination in 1979. In 1980, at the age of 16, he gained admission into the University of Maiduguri to study Clinical Biochemistry and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) Second Class Upper Division in August, 1984.

From August 1984 to August 1985, he served as a Clinical Biochemist in the Medical Laboratory of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt for his National Youth Service. OkezieIkpeazu returned to the University of Maiduguri for an M.Sc Degree in Biochemical Toxicology and graduated in 1990. In 1994, at the age of 30, he obtained a Doctorate Degree, Ph.D in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Calabar.He holds two degrees from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State; a Bachelor Science Degree, Second Class Upper Division, in Clinical Biochemistry in 1984, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Biochemical Toxicology in 1990.

Professional career

Before joining politics, Okezie Ikpeazu had been a lecturer in several Nigerian educational institutions.

Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD, a renowned Biochemist, is the Deputy General Manager of the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs, and former Head of Department of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Applied Natural Science, Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Dr. OVC Ikpeazu was an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Ebonyi State University College of Basic Medical Sciences, from 2000 to 2002. From 1998 to 2001, he was Acting Head of Department of Applied Biochemistry,

Faculty of Applied Natural Science, Enugu State University of Technology, having worked as Lecturer 1 in the same the department in 1998.

He was a part-time lecturer, Science Laboratory Technology Department, University of Maiduguri, from 1986 to 1987. He also lectured at Calabar Polytechnic from 1990 to 1992.

He was a Master’s Degree External Examiner, to the Department of Biochemistry, University of Nigeria, from 2003 to 2004. 

In June 2002, Dr. OVC Ikpeazu was appointed the first Transition Committee Chairman of Obingwa Local Government Area.

From 2007 to 2009, he was appointed General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), after his appointment as Special Adviser to the Governor of Abia State on Environment and Sanitation.

He was Chairman, Governing Council, Abia State College of Health Technology, 2009 to 2010.

He was appointed Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs in 2013.

Dr. OVC Ikpeazu also worked as an Administrative Manager, Cash Bond Investment and Credit Ltd, in Lagos, from 1994 to 1996.

He is a member of Biochemical Society of Nigeria, and also a member of Nigerian Environmental Society.

He is the President, Eastern Ngwa Country Sports Club of Nigeria, and member of Rotary Club.

In 1994, Dr. OVC Ikpeazu obtained a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Calabar.

Political career

On December 31, 2015, a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri sacked Ikpeazu as Governor and declared Alex Otti as the winner of the 2015 gubernatorial election held in April 11 and April 25, 2015. On 27 June 2016, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered Ikpeazu to vacate his office as governor upon allegations of false information and forgery of documents prior to the 2015 gubernatorial election. The suit was however dismissed by a Federal High Court in Owerri. Okezie Ikpeazu ran for a second term under his party, PDP and emerged the winner of the election, hereby welcoming his second term as Governor of Abia state.

Personal life

He is married to Mrs. Nkechi Okezie Ikpeazu, and their marriage is blessed with four children, three of them are undergraduates at various federal and state universities.

Ikpeazu is a senior member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 on 08/06/2020 and was moved to an isolation centre in Lagos state, Nigeria.

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