Brigadier-General John Atom Kpera (born 3 January 1941) was the first Military Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from March 1976 to July 1978, after it had been created from the old East Central State during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo. Later he was Military Governor of Benue State from January 1984 to August 1985 during the military regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.


AJohn Atom Kpera was born on 3 January 1941 in Mbatierev, Gboko Local Government Area in what is now Benue State. He attended Katsina-Ala College, now Government College Katsina-Ala, (1956–1961) for his secondary education. After joining the army he attended the Haile Selasie Military Academy, Ethiopia in 1962 for his Military Cadet Training, and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1965. He held various command and staff appointments including Engineers Brigade Commander, Squadron Commander, Regimental Commander, and Commander, Corps of Engineers.

He played a role in Nigeria’s first military coup on 15 January 1966, helping Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu in an attempt to overthrow the Northern Region government. The coup did not succeed in its aims, but led to Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi assuming power in the first Nigerian military government.

Military Governor

He was appointed Military Governor of Anambra State from March 1976 – July 1978, during the military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo. He then became Commandant of the Army School of Engineers Headquarters, followed by Director of Manpower, Nigerian Army Headquarters.

On 4 January 1984 he was appointed Military Governor of Benue State, the first military leader born in the state to govern the State. He initiated a policy of forcing the people to clean their environment under the supervision of soldiers, a practice that was maintained by his successors. On his dismissal as governor, he said of the State treasury that he left it empty because he met it empty.

Colonel Datti Sadiq Abubakar was Military Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from July 1978 to October 1979 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.

He was a graduate of Rumfa College, Kano. In July 1966 Lieutenant Datti Abubakar, Recce, was at the Abeokuta Garrison when most of the Igbo officers were killed, playing an active role in the coup that overthrew Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Abubakar was appointed Military Governor of Anambra State in July 1978, holding the position until October 1979. He placed the schools firmly under his control through a supervisory commission with broad powers over policy and staffing. Following major religious riots in Kano State in 1980, he was a member of the Kano Disturbances Tribunal of Inquiry to investigate causes and make recommendations

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (born 9 May 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East Senatorial District in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections Background

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now Anambra State, then attended St. Peter’s College, Zaria (1956–1959). He went on to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, first at Enugu and then at Ibadan, and then attended the University College Ibadan (1961–1964), earning a BA in English.

After graduation, Jim Nwobodo was employed as a tutor in the King’s College, Lagos (1964–1966). He then took a job in the Personnel department with the Shell Company of Nigeria (1966–1970). After the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970, he founded Link Group International, which grew to open branches in Lagos, Kano, Benin City, Aba, Calabar and Enugu. He is also Chairman of Jimson International Al Cargo Agencies, Satellite Press Limited, and other companies.

Nwodobo was also chairman of Nigerian football club Enugu Rangers around the time of their period of success in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Nwobodo is married to Patricia (Pat), and they have two high school aged kids, Jim and Pat Jr.

Governor of Anambra State

Jim Nwobodo joined the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) and in October 1978, was elected NPP chairman for the old Anambra State. He contested the 1979 elections and on 1 October 1979 was sworn into office as the first executive Governor of Anambra State.

As governor, Nwobodo established the Nike Lake hotel, Anambra State television, Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), the Ikenga Hotels, the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Eha Amufu College of Education, Nsugbe College of Education and the Nkalagu Cement industry among other projects.

He ran for reelection in October 1983, but was defeated by Christian Onoh of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). The election was marred by widespread intimidation, violence and vote-rigging.

Period of military rule

After the Military under General Muhammadu Buhari took control in December 1983, he was imprisoned for a period. When Sani Abacha came into power he was appointed a member of the constitutional commission. In 1995, he was appointed Minister of Youth and Sports. As the country moved towards democracy, he was a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and later the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The Nigeria national football team, known as the Super Eagles, won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The team members were each promised a 3-bedroom house as an award. On 27 December 1995, Jim Nwobodo wrote the team members that the Works & Housing Ministry had been directed to release the houses immediately. In July 2009, houses were made available in Lagos and Abuja.


In April 1999, Jim Nwobodo was elected Senator for the Enugu East constituency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the PDP platform, taking office in May 1999. He was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs.

In October 2002, there was a crisis when the Enugu State House of Assembly split into two factions, one of which wanted to impeach Abel Chukwu, the original speaker of the House, who was believed to be a loyalist of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani. Nwobodo moved the motion that the Federal House of Representatives should take over the affairs of the House. During the 1998/1999 gubernatorial elections in Enugu State, Nwobodo had supported Dr. ChimarokeNnamani, who was elected. However, the two men fell out later. Nwobodo played a leading role in the unsuccessful effort to stop the 2003 re-election of Nnamani.

Towards the end of his Senate term, he temporarily transferred to the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP), running as a Presidential Candidate in the 2003 General elections. His partner as vice-presidential candidate was Mohammed Goni, former governor of Borno State.

Later career

In 2008, Nwobodo headed an Action Committee on the South East to resolve factional struggles in the PDP in that area.

In June 2009, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) restored the licence of the Savannah Bank, in which Jim Nwobodo holds a major stake, in compliance with a February 2009 Appeal Court ruling in Abuja.

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic.He was also the father-in-law of EmekaOjukwu.


Onoh was born on 27 April 1927 in EnuguNgwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up by his cousin Donald Oji. Starting in the late 1940s, he worked as a contractor, then produce inspector and then livestock trader. Using the money from these ventures, he funded his education in the United Kingdom, earning a law degree from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in 1957.

In 1958, Onoh was elected member, House of Representatives for Enugu Constituency. He later resigned to take up appointment as the first indigenous chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Coal Corporation. From 1961 to 1966 he was on the board of the Nigeria Railway Corporation. During the civil war, Onoh was appointed administrator of Enugu Capital Territory. In 1970 he returned to private life as a lumber merchant. He was a founding member of Club 13, which evolved into the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP), but later moved to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He fought unsuccessfully for the Anambra State governorship on the NPN platform in 1979. He was then appointed chairman of the Nigeria Mining Corporation, and in 1982, chairman of the Associated Ore Mines.

Governor of Anambra State

Onoh was elected governor of Anambra State in October 1983 on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform, defeating the incumbent Jim Nwobodo of the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP). The election was marred by widespread intimidation, violence and vote-rigging. The election was disputed, but eventually decided in his favor in the supreme court. Three months after the election, on 31 December 1983, the military assumed control under General Muhammadu Buhari and Onoh, together with all the other civilian governors, was dismissed.

Later career

Onoh continued to agitate for a separate state for his Wawa people, and this was eventually achieved when the military regime headed by General Ibrahim Babangida created Enugu state in 1991. Former Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Aniogulu said “Christian Onoh … was always and is always fighting injustice. But he would not mind using unjust method to fight injustice.”

His daughter, Nuzo Onoh, is the celebrated British writer and pioneer of African Horror, while his other daughter, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, became a beauty queen, presidential adviser and later Nigeria’s ambassador to the Kingdom Of Spain. She is also remembered for her controversial relationship and marriage to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu the Ikemba of Nnewi and former Biafran president, who was over thirty years her senior. Their romance was a national talking point in the early 1990s. Another daughter, Lilian Onoh is currently Nigeria’s ambassador to Namibia. His son Josef Onoh also went into politics and became Chairman of Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation. Josef Onoh is also the owner of the popular exclusive hotel, The Arriba (Voodoo Lounge) Enugu and a Special Adviser to the Enugu State governor  Christian Onoh died on 5 May 2009 at the age of 82.


Chief Mrs Caroline Chinweolu Onoh: Born: 26 December 1935, Died: 17 June 2016.


Dr. Josephine Onoh {Born: 2 April 1959, Died: 28 November 1983 in a plane crash at Enugu, Nigeria}, Gabriel Onoh, NuzoOnoh {British Author, popularly known as “The Queen of African Horror”, Stella Ani, Ambassador Lilian Onoh, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Christian ChinyelugoOnoh (Jnr) {Born: 11 June 1971, Died: 29 March 1991}, Dr. Josef UmunnakweOnoh {Politician and businessman, currently the Senior Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor}


Onoh has nineteen grandchildren amongst whom are Candice Onyeama, the award-winning British producer, script-writer, and director, Christian C Onoh Jnr (111) and Chineme Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

Allison Madueke

Rear Admiral Allison Amaechina Madueke (born 1944) is a retired Nigerian naval officer. He was Chief of Naval Staff from 1993 to 1994, military governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and Imo State military governor from 1985 to 1986 Background

Allison Madueke was born in 1944 in Agbariji-Inyi, Oji River, Enugu State, and is of Igbo origin. He attended the Britannia Royal College, Dartmouth England and the School of Maritime Operations, Southwick. He became a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, London (MRIN) and Member of the Nautical Institute, London (MNI). He was later granted two honorary Doctorate degrees in Science from Enugu State University of Technology, and in Law from Abia State University. He was also granted an honorary Doctorate degree in Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010.

His second wife Diezani Alison-Madueke was the first female director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, later to become Nigeria’s minister of transportation on July 26, 2007.

Naval career

Madueke studied at the Nigerian Defense Academy between 1964 and 1967. He served at the Embassy of Nigeria as Naval Attache in Washington DC, USA. After a military coup d’état overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on December 31, 1983, as Navy Captain he was appointed governor of Anambra State from January 1984 to August 1985, and then of Imo State until 1986 during the military regimes of Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida. Promoted to Rear Admiral, from 1993-1994 he served briefly as Chief of Naval Staff under General Sani Abacha. He was sacked after a Supreme Military Council meeting in August 1994 where he supported the release of the elected civilian president MoshoodAbiola, who had been imprisoned after the coup that brought Abacha to power.

Later career

After retiring from the navy, Madueke became Chairman of Radam Maritime Services Ltd., executive chairman of Interconnect Clearinghouse and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National ICT Merit Awards He also was appointed to the boards of Regalia Nigeria Ltd, Excel E & P (Marginal Oil Fields) Ltd., Solid Rock Securities and Investments Ltd. and Image Consultants Ltd

Samson Emeka Omeruah (14 August 1943 in Zaria, Northern Nigeria – 4 December 2006) was an air commodore of the Nigerian Air Force, a former governor of Anambra State and a former three-time Minister for Information, Youth, Sport and Culture in Nigeria during the regimes of Buhari, Sani Abacha and AbdulsalamAbubakar.

He was once the chairman of Nigeria Football Association – Nigeria’s top football governing body and still regarded as its most successful Chair. He was also the minister for Sports when the Nigerian Golden Eaglets took home the FIFA under 17 world championship cup. He returned to the position in 1994, in time to see the Green Eagles make their first World Cup and win the 1996 Olympic gold medal. He was one of the proponents of privatizing the game in Nigeria and removing control from state governments.

Apart from this, he championed the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) programme of the Buhari regime between January 1983 and August 1985. He was a committed Christian of the Methodist faith and earned a PhD from the University of Lagos in addition to degrees from Punjab University, India and Auburn University in the United States.

Samson Emeka Omeruah’s is actually from Nnono Oboro in Ikwuano local government area of Abia state. His brother Lt Col Paul Omeruah was a former military administrator of Kogi state.

Omeruah had four children and the second of these is Chioma Omeruah a.k.a. Chigul who is a linguist and a comedian despite her fathers insistence that she took law as her career.

He died in London after a brief illness

Colonel (retired) Robert (Bob) Nnaemeka Akonobi was appointed military governor of Anambra State, Nigeria, from December 1987 to August 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

On 27 June 1988, Akonobi reconstituted the board of Nigeria Mineral Water Industries, empowering it turn the company into a profitable private venture.In 1989, he established the Anambra State Oil Palm Development Agency. He officially commissioned the Anambra State University of Technology Teaching Hospital, since renamed the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, on 19 July 1991.Akonobi was entangled in the struggle between the Wawa (Anambra North) and Ijekebee (Anambra South) groups, which reached its peak in a bloodbath at Nkpor junction in 1983.

In a controversial book titled Akonobi Brothers and Sisters (ABS), a later governor of Anambra State Christian Onoh accused Akonobi of using his position to acquire property in Enugu.Onoh, who owned 510 undeveloped lots of land, described “monumental corruption” and said the Akonobi brothers had stolen huge amounts of Federal funds. Akonibi denied the allegations.

After the restoration of democracy with the Nigerian Fourth Republic, Akonobi joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and became a force in Anambra State politics. In 2002, he was coordinator of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Campaign Organization in Anambra State for the 2003 elections. He became a member of the New Anambra Elders Forum, set up after a political crisis that followed the 2003 elections. In February 2008 Akonobi’s home in Enugu was destroyed by fire.

Lt. Colonel Herbert Obi-Eze was appointed Military Administrator of Anambra State in Nigeria in August 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. During his tenure, Enugu State was split off from Anambra on 27 Aug 1991, with Obi-Eze continuing as governor of Enugu State. He handed over power to the elected civilian governor of Enugu State, OkwesiliezeNwodo in January 1992.

In 2007, he was head of the Imo State Security Committee.

Navy Captain (later Commodore) Joseph Abulu was the first Military Administrator of Anambra State in Nigeria from 27 August 1991 to 1 January 1992 after the Enugu State had been split from the old Anambra during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Joseph Abulu graduated with a BSc in Geography. He joined the Navy in 1973, and trained in Basic Hydrography in India and in Hydrographic Engineering, Oceanography and Marine Environment in the Naval Oceanographic Office, United States in 1976. He commanded the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic ship before being appointed Hydrographer of the Navy (1986–1991). In this role, he coordinated formation of the Nigerian Hydrographic Society, promoted sustainable Maritime Environment policies and was responsible for developing a National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

In 1984, Joe Abulu was appointed the first Chief Servant of Mighty of God Community, a Catholic organization based in Kaduna.

Joseph Abulu was appointed Military Administrator of Anambra State on 27 August 1991 by General Ibrahim Babangida. On 11 October 1991 he inaugurated an Advisory Committee of civil society leaders to define how to improve the governmental infrastructure of the new State. During a temporary return to democracy, he handed over to Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the elected executive governor, on 2 January 1992. He retired from the Navy in 1996.

Joe Abulu became Executive Director of Rank Shipping Nigeria Limited. He spoke in favor of a new cabotage law that would confine local shipping between Nigerian ports to locally owned ships. In August 2007 he warned that the government’s failure to carry out any hydrographic survey since 1933 had pushed up the cost of cargo freight. Without current charts, foreign vessels see Nigeria’s territorial waters as dangerous, and therefore increase their freight charges to cover the risk. He called for government funding for a new survey. He said that Nigeria lost out at the recent elections of officers of the International Hydrographic Organisation because there was hardly any hydrography practice in the country.

Chukwuemeka Ezeife was elected governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic


Ezeife was born at Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra State on 20 November 1939. He did not attend secondary school, but taught himself through correspondence courses, qualifying for university admission. He gained a BSc in Economics from the University College Ibadan, then attended Harvard University on a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship where he obtain a masters and then PhD degree in 1972. He became a School Headmaster, a lecturer at Makarare University College, Kampala, Uganda, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, and a Consultant with Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ezeife joined the civil service as an Administrative Officer and rose to the position of Permanent Secretary.

Political Career

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Ezeife was elected governor of Anambra State on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform, holding office from 2 January 1992 to 17 November 1993, when General Sani Abacha took power after a military coup. As governor, he was said to be more interested in planning than in addressing immediate developmental needs, and achieved few tangible results. He transferred Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Federal Polytechnic, Oko to the federal government, which helped ensure that they survived in the ensuing military regime.

During the Nigerian Fourth Republic Ezeife, who describes himself as a social democrat, was appointed presidential Adviser on Political Matters to President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Later Career

Ezeife was appointed a member of the board of the Center for Development & Empowerment of Commercial Motorcyclists. In February 2006 the Federal Capital development Authority bulldozed his house in Abuja on the grounds that the plot of land and those of adjacent houses had been acquired improperly. In January 2010 he was among thousands who demonstrated in Awka calling for credible and violence-free governorship elections on February 6. In April 2010 one of Ezeife’s wives, Onyedi, was kidnapped by hoodlums who had earlier killed four policemen. The kidnappers demanded a high ransom

Assistant Inspector General of Police (retired) DaboAliyu CON mnipsc was acting Administrator of Anambra State from November to December 1993, and served as Administrator of Yobe State from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He was once an assistant director NSO State House Annex, He was also the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7 Abuja. He was given an award on Crime Prevention, award on best Commissioner of Police by the Inspector General of Police and also award on best policing in Anambra State. He lives in Kaduna State, he is Sardaunan Ruma, a title in his city of origin, Ruma.

Colonel Mike E. Attah was the Military Administrator of Anambra State in Nigeria from 9 December 1993 to 21 August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

On October 25, 1995, Mike Attah set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate violent disturbances that had erupted on 30 September 1995 between the Aguleri and Umuleri communities. The commission found that the attack by the Aguleri had been carefully planned, including use of hired mercenaries, and that the local authorities had done little to avert the crisis.

He dismissed six government-employed journalists for failing to join his entourage because their car was out of fuel.

In 1995 he made a grant of about N12 million to the Anambra State Polytechnic for reconditioning and renovation of the facilities. He awarded a contract for N650 million to Chief Christian Uba, a businessman, to build the new Government House and the governor’s lodge, known as Zik’s Place. In June 2006, the work was still not complete, and the contractor was suing for payment to cover costs to date.


Group Captain (Air Force) Rufai Garba was the Military Administrator of Anambra State in Nigeria from 21 December 1996 to 6 August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, and then of Sokoto State from 6 August 1998 to 29 May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, when he handed over to the elected Executive Governor Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarwa.

As Anambra Governor he approved construction of a headquarters building for the State Education Commission, but nothing was done until work started in 2009. In February 1998, a fire of unexplained cause burnt down the governor’s office in Anambra State Government House. In August 1998 he said that citizens of Anambra State feared the anti-crime task force as much as they feared criminals. He said the task force was extorting money at roadblocks and detaining people illegally, and said the government would crack down on this activity.

On April 20, 1996, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, was deposed by the military government. As Sokoto Governor in 1999, RufaiGarba approved a settlement of Dasuki’s entitlements and provided him with a welfare package.

Emmanuel Ukaegbu was born in NdiEjim, Ibinaukwu Autonomous Community, Igbere in Abia State. His secondary education at Holy Family College, Abak, was interrupted by the Nigerian Civil War. After the war, he studied at various schools, completing his education at Federal Government College Enugu. He joined the Nigerian Air Force and undertook basic military training at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna. On graduation he was assigned to the Flying Wing of Nigeria Air Force Base, Kaduna, for primary flying training, and then went to the United Kingdom for further training at the College of Air Training, Hamble. Emmanuel Ukaegbu was commissioned to the rank of pilot officer, and shortly after went to the United States for courses in San Antonio, Texas, Sacramento, California, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Military Career

Emmanuel Ukaegbu returned to Nigeria in 1982 and started operational flying on C-130 Hercules aircraft, travelling around the world. He taught at the Nigeria Defense Academy, and later attended the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji before returning to field operational duties. While in the air force, he took a Bachelor of Science course in Business Administration at the University of Lagos. In 1992, he attended the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College for a one-year senior staff course, at the same time earning a diploma from the Ghana Institute of Public Administration. He was then assigned to the Command and Staff College, Jaji as a Directing Staff (Lecturer). In 1996 he was assigned as Group Operations Officer at the 81st Air Centre, Benin, the Nigeria Air Force Maritime Base. In 1997, he became commanding officer for the academic wing of the 301 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

On 6 August 1998 Wing Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu was appointed Military Administrator of Anambra State during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over to the elected civilian governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju on 29 May 1999. Shortly thereafter he retired from service.

Chinwoke Mbadinuju (born 14 June 1945) was Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003, elected on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. His period in office was noted for internal PDP disputes resulting in a failure of effective government. After leaving office, he was embroiled in court cases over alleged involvement in a political murder

Early life and Education

Chinwoke Mbadinuju was born on 14 June 1945. He obtained a BA in Political Science, and a doctorate in Government. He gained a Law degree from one of the best English Universities, He was an editor of Times International.

Before entering politics he was an Associate Professor of Politics and African Studies at the State University of New York. He was Personal Assistant to Governor of the old Enugu State, Dr. Jim Chris Nwobodo, between 1979 and 1980. He served as the Personal Assistant to President Shehu Shagari between 1980 and 1983.

He is married to Nnebuogo Mbadinuju, and they have five children: Ada Mbadinuju (a medical doctor), Chetachi Mbadinuju (an entrepreneur), Nwachukwu Mbadinuju (an operations manager), Uche Mbadinuju (a student) and Chima Mbadinuju (a student).

Governor of Anambra State

Anambra State in Nigeria After the return to democracy in 1998, Chinwoke Mbadinuju became the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra State governorship in competition with professor A.B.C Nwosu, who had served four military governors as Commissioner for Health, after a dispute that had to be resolved by the PDP Electoral Appeal Panel. He was elected Governor of Anambra State in April 1999 and he was the least performed Governor since the creation of the state in 1991.

Mbadinuju had been sponsored by Emeka Offor, an Anambra kingmaker. After a falling out between Mbadinuju and his “godfather”, Offor, the power struggle between the two men crippled the machinery of government in the state. By September 2002, unpaid teachers had been on strike for a year and civil servants and court workers had been on strike for months. The president of the Onitsha branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barnabas Igwe, said state leaders had pocketed the money meant to pay the striking workers. On 1 September 2002, Igwe and his pregnant wife Amaka were brutally and publicly assassinated by Nigerian militia men.

While in office, Chinwoke Mbaninuju passed a law that created the Anambra Vigilante Services, which legally enshrined the Bakassi Boys, a popular if feared vigilante group credited with reducing crime in the state.Mbadinuju said that crime in the state had reached such an appalling level that something had to be done. In a November 2009 interview, Mbadinuju defended his decision on the basis of the results it achieved in reducing crime.

He later fell out with Chris Uba, another power broker or godfather in the state.Mbadinuju claimed that he was excluded from the governorship contest in 2003 despite winning the PDP primaries because Uba and President Olusegun Obasanjo opposed his candidacy. In his place, Dr. Chris Ngige ran for the PDP, but he was beaten by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Eventually, after the election was nullified and re-run, Chris Ngige gained the post.

Later career

In December 2005, the police arraigned Chinwoke Mbadinuju on charges that he had conspired to murder Barnabas Igwe of the Nigerian Bar Association and his wife, Amaka, in September 2002. Mbadinuju was accused of masterminding the killing although he was in Houston, Texas at the time of the assassination.Igwe had been a vocal critic of Mbadinuju, calling for his resignation due to the failure to pay government workers for several months. In January 2006 Mbadinuju was retained in prison custody over the suit.

In June 2008, the case was reopened when an Abuja High Court said Chinwoke Mbadinuju was again wanted over alleged forgery and conspiracy in the murder of Barnabas Igwe, and his wife. The police claimed the accused had forged a police document exonerating Mbadinuju of the Igwes’ killing.


Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (born 8 August 1952) is the current Minister of Labour and Employment (Nigeria), appointed to serve in two terms under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime. He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011. He was the governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from May 2003 to March 2006 under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Chris Ngige is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


A medical doctor by profession, Ngige graduated from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1979. Chris immediately went into the civil service, serving at the National Assembly and State House clinics at different times. He retired in 1998 as a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health.

Political Career

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Dr. Chris NwabuezeNgige joined politics, becoming a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In 1999, he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East region of Nigeria.

In 2003, he was elected governor of Anambra State in controversial circumstances. He quickly broke ranks with his political godfather, Chris Uba brother of Andy Uba, after an unsuccessful attempt on 10 July 2003 to have him removed from office, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted. In August, 2005, an election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige’s 2003 victory. He appealed to the Nigerian Federal Court of Appeal, but the annulment was confirmed on 15 March 2006, in a judgment awarding victory to Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). No further appeals were possible, and Ngige accepted the judgment in good faith, calling on the people of Anambra to give their support to his successor. Following Peter Obi’s subsequent impeachment, Ngige attempted to participate in state governorship elections in April 2007, but was frustrated by the Independent National Electoral Commission and federal ‘disqualification’, even after a Federal High Court had voided the disqualification. In the final event, Obi’s impeachment was overturned anyway, and Obi served out his four years. At the time, Ngige was also severely criticized for appearing naked at the dreaded Okija voodoo shrine during his campaign to be made governor.

On 6 February 2010, Ngige again contested for the governorship of Anambra State. Other notable politicians who contested with him included Andy Uba, Charles Soludo, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Mrs. UcheEkwunife, Ralph Nwosu, and the incumbent governor, Peter Obi. In all, there were 25 candidates for that election. Peter Obi won that election and started his second term as the governor of Anambra State.

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In April 2011, Ngige ran for election for Senator of Anambra Central, on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. After voting problems in some areas of the constituency on 9 April, the election in these areas was held on 25 April and Ngige was declared the winner over former Minister of Information and Communications Professor Dora Akunyili of the APGA, with 69,765 votes to Akunyili’s 69,292.

Ngige’s tenure as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria came to an end following his defeat in the 2015 election by Hon. Mrs Uche Ekwunife who has been sworn in as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the current 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.

On 11 November 2015, Ngige was named minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari. In 2019, Chris Ngige was Nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a returning minister for screening by the house of assembly. On the 21st of August 2019, he was sworn in by the president as the Minister of Labour and Employment.

Peter Gregory Obi (born 19 July 1961) is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the Peoples Democratic Party. He was the former governor of Anambra State serving from 17 March 2006 to 2 November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9 February 2007 to 29 May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned. Although a fresh election was held on 29 April 2007, he was reappointed governor on 14 June 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term. He won in 6 February 2010 election for a second term as governor.

Early life and education

Peter Obi was born on 19 July 1961 at Onitsha. He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he completed his secondary school education. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984.

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He attended Lagos business school, Nigeria, where he did his Chief executive program, Harvard business school, Boston, USA, where he did two programs, London School of Economics, Columbia business school, New York, USA,Institute for management development, Switzerland where he also got two certificates in senior executive program and chief executive officers program. He also attended Kellogg graduate school of Management, USA, Oxford University Said business school and Cambridge University: George business school

Governorship First term

Peter Obi contested in the Anambra State governorship election as candidate for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party in 2003, but his opponent, Chris Ngige of the People’s Democratic Party, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After nearly three years of litigation, Ngige’s victory was overturned by the Court of Appeal on 15 March 2006. Obi took office for on 17 March 2006. On 2 November 2006, he was impeached by the state house of assembly after seven months in office and was replaced the next day by Virginia Etiaba, his deputy, making her the first-ever female governor in Nigeria’s history. Obi successfully challenged his impeachment and was re-instated as the governor on 9 February 2007 by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu. Etiaba handed power back to him after the court ruling.

Obi once again left office on 29 May 2007 following the general elections, which Andy Uba won. Obi returned to the courts once more, this time contending that the four-year tenure he had won in the 2003 elections only started to run when he took office in March 2006. On 14 June 2007 the Supreme Court of Nigeria upheld Obi’s contention and returned Obi to office. This brought to an abrupt end the tenure of Obi’s successor, Andy Uba whose April 14, 2007 election the Supreme Court nullified on the grounds that Obi’s four-year tenure should have remained undisturbed until March 2010.

Second term

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On 7 February 2010, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Peter Obi the winner of the 6 February 2010 gubernatorial elections, where he defeated Professor Charles Soludo, former governor, CBN. This election victory gave Governor Obi an additional four years as the governor of Anambra State. On 17 March 2014 Peter Obi served out his second term and handed over the governorship to Willie Obiano.

2019 presidential elections

On October 12, 2018, Peter Obi was named as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate in the Nigerian 2019 Presidential elections. His party came second.


These are some of the notable awards of Peter Obi

  • Sun Newspaper’s Man of the Year (2007)
  • Thisday Newspaper’s Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria (2009)
  • Champion Newspaper’s Nigeria’s Most Trustworthy Governor (2009)
  • West Africa ICT Development Award for Governor of the Year (2010)
  • Zik Leadership Prize (2011)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria (2012)
  • Ezeife Leadership Foundation’s Leadership and Good Governance Award (2012)
  • Methodist Church of Nigeria’s Golden Award on Prudence (2012); Business Hallmark Newspaper’s Man of the Year (2012)
  • Silverbird’s Man of the Year (2013)
  • The Voice Newspaper’s Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance (2014)
  • Champion Newspaper’s Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade (2014)
  • Nigerian Library Association’s Golden Merit Award (2014)
  • Catholic Diocese of Onitsha’s Golden Jubilee Award (2015)

Personal life

Obi married Margaret BrownsonUsen in 1992, and together they have two children: Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi and Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi. He’s a devoted Catholic.

Dame Virginia Ngozi Etiaba, CON (born 11 November 1942) was the Governor of Anambra State, a state in south-east Nigeria, from November 2006 to February 2007. She is the first female governor in Nigeria’s history. She was instated as the previous governor, Peter Obi, was impeached by the state legislature for alleged gross misconduct. She transferred her powers back to Obi three months later when an appeal court nullified the impeachment.


Etiaba is a native of EzekwuaborOtolo-Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Council of Anambra State. She was raised by her Uncle Chief Pius Ejimbe from secondary school in Kano Nigeria until she married the Late Bennet Etiaba of Umudim Nnewi.

For 35 years she worked as a teacher and headed several schools in Kafanchan, Aba, Port Harcourt, and Nnewi. She retired from the services of the Anambra State Government in 1991 and founded the Bennet Etiaba Memorial Schools, Nnewi, of which she was the proprietress. In March 2006 she resigned to assume the position of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State.

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Etiaba was a member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs, International Literacy Programme for the Nnewi North Local Council, the Environmental International Vanguard and the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP). She was also a Synod members of the Church of Nigerian (Anglican Communion), a member of the Christian Association of Nigerian Schools, a member of the Board of Governors of the Okongwu Memorial Grammar School Nnewi, member of the Board of Governors of Holy Child Convent School, Amichi and a Juvenile Court Assessor for the Nnewi Magisterial District.

Etiaba is the mother of six children of which one is Emeka Etiaba (SAN), who once contested for the governorship seat in Anambra state.

Willie Obiano (born August 8, 1955) is a Nigerian politician, banker and technocrat. He serves as the fourth Democratic Governor of Anambra State

Early life

Governor Obiano was born at Aguleri, a town in Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria.He received a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration from the same university.

Banking Career

Governor Obiano began his banking career in 1981 at the First Bank of Nigeria before he left to join the services of Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc as an accountant and rose to the position of Chief Internal Auditor. In 1989, he was one of the auditors that audited Texaco Refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 1991, he joined the Fidelity Bank as Deputy Manager and head of Audit unit and rose to the position of Executive Director on October 2003.

Political life

Obiano left the banking system to join Nigerian politics and in 2013 contested the November 16, 17 and 30 Anambra State gubernatorial elections on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. He won the election and was sworn in on March 17, 2014 to succeed Peter Obi. On November 18, 2017.


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