Lucky Igbinedion

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Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion
Governor of Edo State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded by Anthony Onyearugbulem
Succeeded by Oserheimen Osunbor
Personal details
Born 13 May 1957

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion (born 13 May 1957) was the governor of Edo State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion was born on 13 May 1957.[citation needed] He is a son of Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of the Kingdom of Benin.

Governor of Edo State[edit]

Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion was elected governor of Edo State in April 1999 and was reelected in 2003. He held office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

During this time, his wife, Eki Igbinedion, was active against the widespread sex trafficking of women from Edo State to Europe.[1]

After leaving office[edit]

In January 2008 he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 142 counts of financial fraud. This concerns allegations that he embezzled $24 million (£12m) using front companies. He handed himself over later that month.[2][3] The Benin Youth Council asked for an apology for statements implying he ran away from justice.[4] His father used his political influence to prevent Lucky from being prosecuted and he wasn't jailed like his other counterparts (James Ibori of Delta state).