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Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is the 9th and current Governor of Abia State, in office since May 29, 2015. He was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.[1][2] He was re-elected as the governor of Abia state after winning the March 9th, gubernatorial election.[3]

Okezie Victor Ikpeazu
Okezie Ikpeazu portrait.png
9th Governor of Abia State
Assumed office
May 29, 2015
LieutenantUde Oko Chukwu
Preceded byTheodore kalu
1st Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency
In office
May 5, 2013 – October 10, 2014
General Manager of the Abia State Passenger Integrated Manifest Scheme ASPIMS
In office
March, 2011 – May 5, 2013
Chairman of the Governing Council of Abia State College of Health Technology
In office
June 2010 – May 29, 2011
General Manager of Abia State Passenger Integrated Manifest Scheme ASPIMS
In office
2007–2009
Chairman of Obingwa Local Government Area
In office
2002–2003
Personal details
Born (1964-10-18) October 18, 1964 (age 54)
Abia State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party (2002-2006, 2010–present)
Progressive Peoples Alliance (2006-2010)
Spouse(s)Nkechi Ikpeazu, (nee Nwakanma)
Children4

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Early lifeEdit

Okezie was born on October 18, 1964, to the family of late Pa Ishmael and Deaconess Bessie Ikpeazu of Umuebere in Umuobiakwa village, Isialaukwu, Mbato Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. Ikpeazu attended Amaise Central Primary School, Umuobiakwa. In 1973, while in primary five, he gained admission into Eziama High School, Aba and later moved to Ihie High School, Isiala Ngwa where he took his School certificate examination in 1979. In 1980, at the age of 16, he gained admission into the University of Maiduguri to study Clinical Biochemistry and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) Second Class Upper Division in August, 1984.[4]

From August 1984 to August 1985, he served as a Clinical Biochemist in the Medical Laboratory of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt for his National Youth Service. Okezie Ikpeazu returned to the University of Maiduguri for an M.Sc Degree in Biochemical Toxicology and graduated in 1990. In 1994, at the age of 30, he obtained a Doctorate Degree, Ph.D in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Calabar.

Professional careerEdit

Before joining politics, Okezie Ikpeazu had been a lecturer in several Nigerian educational institutions.[5]

Political careerEdit

On December 31, 2015, a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri sacked Ikpeazu as Governor and declared Alex Otti as the winner of the 2015 gubernatorial election held in April 11 and April 25, 2015.[6][7] On 27 June 2016, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court,  Abuja ordered Ikpeazu to vacate his office as governor upon allegations of false information and forgery of documents prior to the 2015 gubernatorial election.[8] The suit was however dismissed by a Federal High Court in Owerri.[9] Okezie Ikpeazu ran for a second term under his party, PDP and emerged the winner of the election, hereby welcoming his second term as Governor of Abia state.[10]

Personal LifeEdit

Ikpeazu is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[11][12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Abia: Orji's shoes are big but I'll run faster — Ikpeazu". Vanguard Newspapers. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  2. ^ "APGA Faction Adopts Okezie Ikpeazu for Governor". Daily Post. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  3. ^ https://www.channelstv.com/2019/03/10/breaking-pdps-okezie-ikpeazu-re-elected-as-abia-governor/
  4. ^ Admin. "OKEZIE IKPEAZU BIOGRAPHY / PROFILE". Manpower. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ Admin. "Okezie Victor Ikpeazu". Nigeria Galleria. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ Abdulmalik, Abdulrahman (31 December 2015). "Appeal Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, declares APGA's Alex Otti winner". Premium Times. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Abia Election: Appeal Court Declares Alex Otti Of APGA Winner". Channels TV. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Breaking News: Court sacks Abia Gov, Ikpeazu". Vanguard News. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  9. ^ Okakwu, Evelyn; Eze, James (8 July 2016). "Another court says Abia's Okezie Ikpeazu must remain governor". Premium Times. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ https://www.channelstv.com/2019/03/10/breaking-pdps-okezie-ikpeazu-re-elected-as-abia-governor/
  11. ^ Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu ADIC Retrieved April 1, 2019
  12. ^ Adventist Church in Rwanda Commends Okezie Ikpeazu, describes him as an Ambassador of Christ, Church Vanguard Retrieved April 1, 2019