Emmanuel Uduaghan

Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan (born 22 October 1954) was the Governor of Delta State from 2007 to 2015. He assumed office via an inconclusive election on 29 May 2007 and was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). A medical doctor by profession, prior to becoming governor, he was the Commissioner for Health, Delta State and the Secretary to the State Government.[1] Dr. Uduaghan ran again for governor in the 26 April 2011 elections, and was reelected.[2]

Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan
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Dr. Emmanuel Ewatan Uduaghan at a traditional marriage at Warri, 2012
3rd Governor of Delta State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded byJames Ibori
Succeeded byArthur Okowa Ifeanyi
Personal details
Born (1954-10-22) 22 October 1954 (age 66)
Warri North, Delta State, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressive Congress (APC)
Alma materUniversity of Benin, Nigeria


Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan was born on 22 October 1954 in Warri North Local Government Area in Delta State of Itsekiri origin. He attended Federal Government College, Warri (1968–1974), and the University of Benin (1975–1980) earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree, and a Diploma in Anaesthesia. He is married, with two children.[1] His wife, Roli, is the daughter of Brig. General Sunny E. Tuoyo (Rtd), a one time Military Administrator of Ondo State.[3]

Emmanuel Uduaghan began work in 1983 at the Delta Steel Company, as a medical officer. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in a number of hospitals including Westend Hospital, Warri; Benoni Hospitals, Benin City and Shell Hospital, Ogunu, where he was a consultant anaesthesiologist. In 1994 he set up a private medical practice. He has held various positions in the Nigerian Medical Association in Warri, Bendel State and Delta State. He was also active in the Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) leadership development organization.[1]

Political careerEdit

Emmanuel Uduaghan was a founding member and chairman of the All Nigeria Congress Association for the Warri South Local Government Area, a founder and executive member of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM), and a foundation member of the PDP. On 6 August 1999, the Governor of Delta State James Onanefe Ibori appointed Emmanuel Uduaghan as Commissioner for Health, Delta State. In this position he improved the pay of medical staff and upgraded infrastructure. On 6 June 2003, Uduaghan was appointed Secretary to the Delta State Government.[1] In November 2008, Uduaghan and State Chief Justice Rosaline Bozimo approved establishment of sanitation mobile courts to prosecute sanitation offenders in the State.[4]

Uduaghan ran again for governor in the 26 April 2011 elections, and was reelected. He gained 525,793 votes, while Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic People's Party (DPP) was the runner-up with 433,834 votes.[2] On 29 August 2018 he officially announced he has left PDP for APC.[5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR". Delta State Government. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Deltans return Uduaghan". Nigerian Observer. 29 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  3. ^ Alex Eyengho (7 April 2007). "AJA MO KIN AGHAN". Warri Mirror. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  4. ^ "DSTG Commended for Setting up Sanitation Mobile Courts". Ministry of Information, Delta state. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Emmanuel Uduaghan explains why he dumped PDP for APC". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  6. ^ guardian.ng https://guardian.ng/news/emmanuel-uduaghan-explains-why-he-dumped-pdp-for-apc/. Retrieved 17 May 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)