Chris Ngige

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Chris Nwabueze Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment Nigeria
Assumed office
11 November 2015
Preceded by Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu as Minister of labour and productivity
Governor of Anambra State
In office
29 May 2003 – 17 March 2006
Preceded by Chinwoke Mbadinuju
Succeeded by Peter Obi
Senator for Anambra Central
In office
May 2011 – June 2015
Preceded by Annie Okonkwo
Succeeded by Uche Ekwunife
Personal details
Born 8 August 1952
Political party All Progressives Congress (APC)

Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (born 8 August 1952) was governor of Anambra State[1] in Nigeria from 29 May 2003 to 17 March 2006 under the People Democratic Party (PDP). He is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).[2] He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011.[3]


A medical doctor by profession, Ngige graduated from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1979. He immediately went into the civil service, serving at the National Assembly and State House clinics at different times. He retired in 1998 as a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Thereafter, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige turned to politics, becoming a founding member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[citation needed] By 1999, he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of PDP in the South East region of the country.

In 2003, he was elected governor of Anambra State in controversial circumstances. He quickly broke ranks with his political godfather, Chris Uba brother of Andy Uba, after an unsuccessful attempt on 10 July 2003 to have him removed from office, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted.[4] However, in August 2005, an election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige's 2003 victory. He appealed to the Nigerian Federal Court of Appeal, but the annulment was confirmed on 15 March 2006, in a judgment awarding victory to Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). No further appeals were possible, and Ngige accepted the judgment in good grace, calling on the people of Anambra to give their total support to his successor.[5] Ngige's 33 months in office were characterised by populist programmes, especially road construction, leaving him in good standing with the electorate.

Following Peter Obi's subsequent impeachment, Ngige attempted to participate in state governorship elections in April 2007, but was frustrated by a dubious Independent National Electoral Commission and federal 'disqualification', even after a Federal High Court had voided the disqualification. In the final event, Obi's impeachment was overturned anyway, and Obi served out his four years.[citation needed] At the time, Ngige was also severely criticized for appearing naked at the dreaded Okija voodoo shrine during his campaign to be made governor.[citation needed]

On 6th February 2010, Ngige again contested for the governorship of Anambra State. Other notable politicians who contested with him included Andy Uba, Charles Soludo, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, Ralph Nwosu, and the incumbent governor, Peter Obi. In all, there were 25 candidates for that election. Peter Obi won that election and started his second term as the governor of Anambra State.

In April 2011, Ngige ran for election for Senator of Anambra Central, on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. After voting problems in some areas of the constituency on 9th April, the election in these areas was held on 25th April and Ngige was declared the winner over former Minister of Information and Communications Professor Dora Akunyili of the APGA, with 69,765 votes to Akunyili's 69,292.[3]

Ngige's tenure as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria came to an end following his defeat in the 2015 election by Hon. Mrs Uche Ekwunife who has been sworn in as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the current 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.

On 11th November 2015, Ngige was named minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari.


  1. ^ Jide Ajani; EmmanuelL Aziken (13 February 2011). "ntrigues stall Ribadu's choice of running mate". Vanguard. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ online editor (2015-10-07). "10 things to know about Chris Ngige". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  3. ^ a b Nwanosike Onu (28 April 2011). "How Ngige floored Akunyili in Anambra Central". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  4. ^ Jason, Pini (4 September 2012). "State police and scare mongers (2)". Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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