The Eastern part of Nigeria undoubtedly parades a crop of power-brokers and politicians who have made a mark and still continues to wield enormous power and influence in Nigeria politics. Some are political godfathers who have held prestigious positions in the past while others are still at the helms of affair in the current political dispensation. In this report, prominent Igbo politicians in Nigeria are paraded.
Theodore Ahamefule Orji is the current Governor of Abia State; he was elected Governor of Abia State, Nigeria on May 29, 2007. Prior to his election, Orji, started his career as a Civil Servant, and he also served as the Chief of Staff to former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. He served in Government House, Umuahia, Bureau of Budget and Planning and Ministry of Agriculture. Chief T.A Orji has been recognized and conferred with many traditional titles, including Ochendo Ibeku, Utuagbaigwe of Ngwaland and Ohazurume of Abia South. He is married to Chief Mrs. Mercy Odochi Orji and their marriage is blessed with 5 children.
Uche Chukwumerije is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2003, representing Abia North Senatorial District. Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the last days of the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. He served as Minister of Information in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan. In the Fourth Republic, he was elected to the Senate on the Peoples Democratic Party’s platform, but he eventually decamped to the Progressive Peoples Alliance in 2006, and was reelected to the Senate on April 28, 2007. Chukwumerije was reelected on the PDP platform in the April 2011 elections.
Ayim Pius was a one time Senate President, and is presently Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). He was elected as national Senator on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform in 1999 for the Ebonyi South constituency of Ebonyi State. He was appointed Senate President in August 2000. Anyim took office in the Senate in May 1999, and was appointed President of the Senate in August 2000. Anyim was a candidate in the elections for Chairmanship of the PDP in January 2008 but lost out. In May 2011, Pius Anyim was appointed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Ex-Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani is a politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 and a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East. Nnamani was the Governor of Enugu State from May 1999 until May 2007. He was elected as the senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Christiana 'Chris' Anyanwu is a Nigerian Journalist, Publisher, Author, and Politician. She was imprisoned from 1995 to 1998 for treason after reporting on a failed coup d’état against the government of Sani Abacha, and won several international journalism prizes during her confinement, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In 1987, she was appointed Imo State Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Welfare under Imo governor Amadi Ikwechegh. Following her tenure as Commissioner, Anyanwu became Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of TSM (The Sunday Magazine), a weekly publication which focused on political issues as they affected the country. In May 1995 Anyanwu was arrested following the publication of a story about a failed coup d’état against the government of Sani Abacha, In June 1998, following the death of President Abacha and several protests from human rights groups worldwide, Anyanwu was released by Abacha’s successor General Abdulsalam Abubakar on health grounds. During the Nigerian general election, 2007 Anyanwu was elected to the Senate on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party as a representative of Owerri Zone, Imo State, Nigeria.
Joy Emodi is the Senator representing Anambra North constituency of Anambra State, Nigeria, taking office on 20 February 2005 after the election of Emmanuel Anosike was annulled. She was reelected in 2007, but her second election was appealed by Alphonsus Obi Igbeke, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate. After protracted hearings, Igbeke was declared the winner on 25 March 2010. Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, she is a lawyer by profession. Emodi ran for election in the April 2011 elections on the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) platform, but She was defeated by John Okechukwu Emeka of the PDP.
Hope Uzodinma is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Imo West constituency of Imo State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 federal elections. He ran on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. His election was challenged on the grounds that he was not the valid PDP candidate, but on 5 May 2011 the supreme court declared that his election was valid. He was unsuccessful, and in February 2004 was readmitted to the PDP. Uzodinma was a competitor in the PDP primaries for Imo State Governor in December 2006, coming a close second to Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. Uzodinma was appointed a member of the PDP Board of Trustees. He was among those who endorsed the bid by Ikedi Ohakim to run again for Imo Governor in 2011 after Ohakim had returned to the PDP. Uzodinma currently represents Imo West senatorial district.
Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is the Executive Governor of Imo State, under the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) platform. He is the, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc, President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited, Pro Chancellor, African Business School and Former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency. Okorocha was a Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a Member of the National Constitutional Conference. When democracy was restored in 1999, Rochas Okorocha competed in the primaries to be People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Governor of Imo State, but lost to Achike Udenwa. He moved to the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), and was an unsuccessful candidate for President on the ANPP platform in 2003. He returned to the PDP, and President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs. Okorocha decamped from the PDP to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), to run as APGA candidate for Imo State Governor in the April 2011 national elections. Where he emerged winner.
Peter Obi is the Executive Governor of Anambra State was Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria 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 a 6 February 2010 election for a second term as Governor. He is the Chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then Chairman and Director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd.
Ike Ekweremadu is a Nigerian Lawyer from Enugu State and a member of the People’s Democratic Party who has been a senator since May 2003. He is now Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria born in 1962 at Amachara Mpu in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State. In 2002, Chief Ike Ekweremadu was appointed Secretary to the Enugu State Government, and on April 12, 2003 he was elected to the Nigerian Senate. Ekweremadu was reelected as Senator for Enugu West in the April 2011 elections.
Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu is the wife of late warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu. She is a businesswoman and lawyer, best known as the first African to win Miss Intercontinental. Formerly Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs and the country’s ambassador to Ghana, she is now Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain. SULLIVAN CHIME Sullivan Iheanacho Chime is the Executive Governor of Enugu State in Nigeria. He assumed office in April 2007, He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was reelected on 26 April 2011. Chime started very well as governor, reconstructing roads in Enugu urban areas, and improving overall security in the state.
Martin Elechi is the Governor of Ebonyi State in southeast Nigeria. He ran in the April general elections on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket and assumed the position on May 29, 2007, succeeding Sam Egwu. Elechi ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.
Emmanuel Nnamdi Uba, or Andy Uba, is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Anambra South constituency of Anambra State, Nigeria, in April 2011. He was running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He hails from Aguata LGA of Anambra State while still in the United States Uba assisted in the 1999 Presidential elections in Nigeria. Following the elections he returned to Nigeria and was appointed Special Assistant on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs to President Olusegun Obasanjo. In 2007 Uba competed successfully in the PDP primaries for the Anambra State governorship election, and was elected in the 14 April 2007 elections. However, the former Governor Peter Obi challenged the election, saying that because the courts had only accepted that Obi had won the April 2003 elections on 15 March 2006, he still had three more years or his four year term to serve. In the February 2010 elections, Uba came in third. Uba returned to the PDP and was nominated as PDP candidate for Anambra South in the April 2011 elections. He won.
Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife is the member representing Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunakofia Federal constituency in the House of Representatives. With hard work, discipline and tenacity of purpose as her guiding principle, Hon. Ekwunife who holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting, Masters in Business Administration and Honorary Doctorate in philosophy from University of California, is one of the powerful politicians in Anambra State.
Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige was Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from 29 May 2003 to 17 March 2006. He is a member of the Action Congress (AC). He was elected Senator for Anambra Central in April 2011. A Medical Doctor by profession, Ngige graduated from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1979. He 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. In 2003, he was elected Governor of however, 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 Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). In April 2011, Ngige ran for election for Senator of Anambra Central, on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform and was declared Winner.
Senator Ben Ndi Obi is the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Inter Party Matters and Chairman sub-committee on outreach and contact on the burial committee of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. He is a Foundation Member and Vice Presidential Candidate of Action Congress Party – 2007, distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – 2003-2007.