|Imo State politician|
Martin Agbaso (born 1959) is a Nigerian Economist, politician and was a candidate for Governor of Imo State. Agbaso is the former Imo State Senator for Owerri, a special assistant on Ecology to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is married to Robin Agbaso, an American. The Agbasos have three children.
Chief Martin Agbaso was born into a strong catholic family in Emekuku in Owerri Imo State. As a child, he was a student at Our Lady’s Primary School/Chief Obi Memorial School, Emekuku. He graduated primary school in 1971 and graduated from Emekuku High School in 1976. Agbaso furthered his educational career at Pontifical University, St Thomas Aquinas in Rome Italy and obtained a BSc degree in Finance from SUNY Old Westbury in 1983. Upon graduating, Agbaso worked at Prudential Inc as a Financial Analyst.
In 1992, Martin Agbaso won the senatorial primaries for Owerri Zone under the National Republican Convention (NRC).In 1998, he was elected a Senator for Owerri Zone on the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) platform. Agbaso was a member of General Ibrahim Babangida's presidential cabinet and was elected senator for Owerri in 1998. Under president Olusegun Obasanjo, Agbaso served as the special assistant on Ecology to the President.
In 2003, He ran for Governor of Imo State. In 2003, he was the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) candidate for gubernatorial election in Imo State. In 2007 he was the All Progressive Grand Alliance candidate for gubernatorial election in Imo State, an election he recorded a landslide victory but was robbed of the victory by the Independent Electoral Commission(INEC).
- Governor of Imo State Candidate - Official gubernatorial campaign website