Mr Chris Nwabueze Ngige
Former Governor of Anambra State (2003-06)
Date of Birth: 08/07/1952
Place of Birth: Alor, Idemili South
Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Career: Medical Officer, National Assembly Clinic, 1980-82; Physician to the Senate, 1983; Physician of Senate House/Federal Government Special Guest House, 1985-93; Consultant in charge, Federal Government State Clinic, the Presidency, Abuja, 1992-93; Consultant and Assistant Director, Federal Medical Centre, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, 1997-98; Member of the ministerial task force on the completion of the University of Nigeria Hospital (UNTH), Enugu State, 1996-98; Governor, Anambra State, 2003-06.
Commentary: Ngige's governorship of Anambra State, in the Igbo dominated South East, was marred by a dispute with his political 'godfather' Chris Uba. In 2003, Uba’s political leverage was such that he could openly
brag that he had rigged every election in the state, including that of Ngige. Ngige, he said, had agreed to hand him de facto
control of the government, but reneged on the deal. Uba kidnapped him, forced him to ‘resign’ at gunpoint and attacked and
destroyed part of Government House. Uba denied any direct
involvement in the violence and claimed that all he did was implement the
terms of his written contract with the Governor. It entitled him to
‘exact vengeance in such manner adjudged by him as fitting and
adequate’, should the Governor fail to hand over control.
In 2006, Ngige was replaced by Peter Obi. He remains active in Anambra politics and was an Action Congress candidate for the February 2010 state elections.
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The APC candidate, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, has switched political allegiances several times over the past 15 years, establishing a high profile in the process...
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Other governors-turned-senators have been Danjuma Goje of Gombe (2003-11) and Chris Nwabueze Ngige of Anambra (2003-06, when his election was annulled by the courts on the grounds of electoral malpractice)...
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Other contenders are the Governor, Peter Obi (All Progressives’ Grand Alliance), Chris Ngige (Action Congress) and favourite to win, former CBN Governor, Charles Soludo (PDP)...
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Chris Uba’s political leverage was such that, by 2003, he could openly brag that he had rigged into office every politician in the entire State, including the then Governor, Chris Ngige...
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Yet, like his friend Atiku, he had clashed with Obasanjo, particularly over a feud in Anambra State between Governor Chris Ngige and his former patron, Chris Uba...
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The kidnapping of Anambra State Governor Chris Ngige and the subsequent impunity of those involved have dealt another blow to the credibility of President Olusegun Obasanjo's post-election government (AC Vol 44 No 13)...