11 May 2015

Biography of Peter Obi; Ex-Governor; Politician; Anambra State Celebrity


Peter Obi
Peter Obi
Peter Obi is a native of Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. He had his Secondary Education at Christ the King College, Onitsha and bagged a degree in Philosophy in 1984 at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Peter Obi is a business man to the core, he has held several managerial positions in different firms and companies. Chief amongst these companies are Next International Nigeria Limited,
Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities etc. and he was notably the youngest Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc.

Peter Obi is happily married to Margaret Brownson Usen and their union is blessed with two children, Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi and Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.
Peter Obi with a noble intention of making his State, Anambra one of the best in the country entered into politics in 2003 under the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) and vied for the position of Governor. He ran the race with Chris Ngige of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP). Chris Ngige was however declared winner of the election and Peter Obi had recourse to the court.
After three years of litigation, Ngige’s election as Governor was overturned by the Court of Apeal on March 15, 2006 and Peter Obi was sworn in as Governor on March 17, 2006. However on November 2, 2006, he was impeached and his deputy, Virginia Etiaba took over as the Governor thus becoming the first female Governor in Nigeria.
Peter Obi
Peter Obi
Peter Obi was further reinstated by the Court of Appeal on February 9, 2007 and he again took over the reins of power.
It is worthy to note that Peter Obi’s political journey is one that is propelled by his belief in the rule of law and justice according to the law.

In 2007, there was a general election in the country which brought in Andy Uba of the People’s Democratic Party as Governor. Peter Obi again went to court and after a heated legal battle, the highest Court of Nigeria, the Supreme Court upheld the contention of Peter Obi that the election he won in 2003 only started to run when he took over in March 2006 after the legal battle with Chris Ngige. This landmark decision of the Supreme Court thereby set the precedence of making Anambra State the First State in the country to run a different political calendar.

Peter Obi was returned to office and the April 14, 2007 election which brought in Andy Uba was nullified on the ground that Peter Obi’s Four-Year Tenure was still running till March 2010.
Peter Obi won a second tenure in office as Governor in the Anambra State Gubernatorial election of 2010 thereby defeating the former Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Governor Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the People’s Democratic Party.(PDP).

Peter Obi till date is seen as a hero in Anambra State as his period as the Governor of Anambra State brought out the State as really being the light of the nation. There was tremendous growth in general basic infrastructure and a growth in all the sectors of the economy.         

Peter Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State popularly and fondly hailed as ‘Okwute’ meaning Rock was born on July 19, 1961.

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