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Emeka Ihedioha the Governor Elect of Imo state. In a glance

Mazi Emeka Ihedioha was born on March 24, 1965 at Mbutu Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo state, South-East Nigeria.

He attended Town School Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, and completed same at SDA Primary School Abule Oja, Yaba Lagos in 1976. He had his secondary education at St. Ephraim’s Secondary School, Owerrinta in present day Abia State. He then proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, where he baged a Bachelor of Science (B.SC) degree in Food Science and Technology, in 1988.

Because of his love for education and his career the young Chukwuemeka Ihedioha took an executive certificate course in financial management from the Stanford University, and a leadership certificate course from Harvard Kennedy School Government, Harvard University.

Politics

His political career statrted In 1992, When Chief Emeka Ihedioha was appointed press officer to the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Iyorchia Ayu. A year later he was appointed as chief press secretary to the Deputy Senate President. Following military incursion in the polity in November 1993, Ihedioha returned to his communications practice as Chief Executive Officer of First Page Communications. He became the Director of Publicity of the newly formed People’s Democratic Movement the purveyor of the ruling People Democratic Party in 1998.

He was named as special assistant to the Presidential Adviser on Utilities in July 1999, as special assistant of media and publicity to the President of Senate in November 1999, and as special assistant on political matters to the Vice President in September 2001. He won a seat into the House of Representative as a member representing Abor-Mbaise-Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency of Imo State in 2003.

He was the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives of the federal Republic of Nigeria from 2011 to 2015. During this period, he also served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives after Tambuwal’s defection to the APC and choice to stand down.

On April 11, 2015, Ihedioha contested for the gubernatorial seat of Imo-State and lost to the incumbent governor, His Excellency Ethelbert Rochas Okorocha.

On 9th March 2019, Ihedioha re-contested for the gubernatorial seat for Imo-State under the political platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). On 11th March 2019, Ihedioha was declared the Governor-elect by the Independent Electoral Commission sitting in Imo-State after he defeated his closest rival, Uche Nwosu (son-in-law of the incumbent governor, His Excellency Ethelbert Rochas Okorocha) who ran under the Action Alliance Party (AA), with a total of 273,404 votes.

As a Federal House Member

Between 2003 and 2007, he served as Chairman, House committee on Marine Transport. Ihedioha is credited with the passage of two key legislations which allowed for increased participation of Nigerians in that sector of the economy. These laws are:

  • The International Convention for the Safety at Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004
  • The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2005
  • The United Nations Convention on Carriage of Goods by Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2005
  • The International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for the Compensation of Oil Pollution Damage 1979 as amended (Ratification and Enforcement )Act 2006
  • The International Convention on the Civil Liabilities for Oil Pollution Damage (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2006.

He re-contested and won back his seat in 2007, and served as Chairman House committee on Cooperation an Integration in Africa and was later elected chief whip of the House, a position he held till the expiration of that term.

Life outside politics

Outside politics, Ihedioha’s business interests span through real estate development, industrialized farming, hospitality and petroleum sectors. He is married and has four children.

Family life

Chief Emeka Ihedioha is married to his hearttrob lady Ebere Ihedioha and their marriage is blessed with four Children. Emeka jnr, EZINWA, Nkem and Kamsi.

Award Received

Sir Emeka Ihedioha is a Knight of the order of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion. He was conferred with Diocesan Merit Award by the Diocese of Mbaise, Anglican Communion and is a recipient of several chieftaincy titles.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Maritime Legislator by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria; Distinguished Service Award from the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and recently as One of Nigeria’50 Most Outstanding Legislators (1999–2009).

Credit to:Onyema 16

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