Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Fmr. Anambra Gov, Dies @ 85


Late Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former Governor of Anambra State, died on Thursday evening. Ezeife, an Igbo leader and elder statesman was 85 years old.

A statement signed and issued by Rob Ezeife on behalf of the family, announced that he died at 6:00pm.

Read the statement: “On behalf of the Ezeife Dynasty of Igbo-Ukwu, I wish to announce the promotion to glory of our most distinguished son, Okwadike, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CON, a former federal permanent secretary, the first executive governor of Anambra State, a former political adviser to the president and former presidential aspirant.

“This sad event took place yesterday at 6pm, at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.

“More details about the deceased and the arrangements for his state burial will be announced later”.

Ezeife was elected governor of Anambra State on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in Nigeria’s third republic, in 1992.

He served as governor until Sani Abacha, ex-military ruler, seized the reins of power at the centre in 1993.

Ezeife earned a BSc in Economics from the University College Ibadan, and a masters and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

He was also appointed special adviser on political matters by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo when Nigeria commenced its fourth republic in 1999.

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