Dr Andy Uba
Former Governor of Anambra State
Date of Birth: 14/12/1958
Place of Birth: Anambra
Commentary: Andy Uba used his early support for Olusegun Obasanjo to his advantage. He was both pimp and purse for the President, securing a string of mistresses
and representing his interests in business deals. Accompanying Obasanjo on a trip to the United States in 2003,
Uba was caught trying to smuggle US$170,000 into the country on Nigeria's presidential jet. The incident led to his resignation
as an aide to the president, but was not an end to the extraordinary
access and influence he enjoyed in the corridors of power.
Uba was briefly Governor of Anambra State between May and June 2007, until a court declared his election illegal. Uba also has extensive oil and gas interests. He set up Afren’s Nigerian affiliate, First Hydrocarbon Nigeria Limited, and has a significant stake in China Sonangol, a joint venture between Angola’s Sonangol and China’s Beiya International Development.