Ehigie Edobor Uzamere

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Ehigie Edobor Uzamere
National Senator
Assumed office
Constituency Edo South
Personal details
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Politician

Ehigie Edobor Uzamere is a Nigerian politician who was elected to the National Senate in 2007 representing the Edo South constituency of Edo State for the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]


Ehigie Uzamere was born in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. He was an architect before running for the Senate in April 2007, with no prior political experience.[2][3]

In July 2007 an American woman, claiming that Uzamere had married her in New York in 1979 while seeking a green card, filed a divorce suit demanding $100 million compensation and child support. The senator dismissed the charge, saying he had not married the woman.[4][5] However, according to Huhuonline, in May 2009 the New York State Supreme Court rejected his argument, found that the marriage had taken place, and ordered him to personally appear in court for trial.[6][7]

Senate career[edit]

Ehigie Edobor Uzamere was elected to the Senate for Edo South in April 2007 for the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He was appointed to committees on Security & Intelligence, Local and Foreign Debts, Land Transport, Housing, Downstream Petroleum and Culture & Tourism.[1] In May 2008 he was named as a member of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review (JCCR).[8] He was a member of a joint Senate committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Housing, which investigated the administration of the FCT between 1999 and 2007, issuing a highly critical report in July 2008.[9]

In June 2008, the Edo State election petition tribunal said there had been irregularities in the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2007 general elections, annulled the election of Senator Ehigie Uzamere, and directed the INEC to conduct a fresh Senate election in Edo South within 90 days.[10] After a series of appeals, in June 2009 the court of appeal ruled that Uzamere had in fact been duly elected.[11]

In December 2008, the three PDP senators - Uzamere, Yisa Braimah and Odion Ugbesia - were given the job of reconciling the different party factions that emerged during the eighteen months Edo State governorship of Osehreinmen Osunbor. Uzamere said that since Edo State now had an Action Congress government, PDP supporters could not expect patronage, which would make the job easier.[12]

In a mid-term assessment of the performance of Senators, ThisDay newspaper noted that he had sponsored the Nigerian Communication Commission Act (Amendment) Bill 2009 and the Nigerian Institute of Cost Management Bill 2008.[13]

In June 2009, Uzamere spoke in favor of reform of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reduce delays in finalizing electoral results.[14] In July 2009, he was accused of delays in confirming the Edo State nominee to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, perhaps due to party-political motives.[15] As chancellor of the University of Benin he pushed to appoint another Beni man to replace the previous vice-chancellor, in a debate that dragged out through the second half of 2009.[16][17]

In September 2009, as head of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Besides, Uzamere supporting the move to audit debts owed by the Federal government to local contractors, which apparently included many "ghost" debts. He also called for quick settlement of verified outstanding amounts once the audit is completed.[18]

In November 2009, Ehighie Uzamere gave a talk during the opening of a Nigerian arts exhibition in Stockholm on The Benin Civilization and Its Impacts on Contemporary Nigerian Politics.[19]

Uzamere ran successfully for reelection in the April 2011 elections for the Edo South Senatorial District. He defeated former senator Daisy Danjuma by 135,346 votes to 70,725.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Sen. Ehigie Edobor Uzamere". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-11-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Senate:The AC Challenge". The Source. April 23, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ "PDP Senate Race: Who wins, who loses?". The Nation. 2/12/2006. Retrieved 2009-11-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ MURPHY GANAGANA, Abuja (February 17, 2008). "Senator in Green Card marriage scandal". The Sun News. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  5. ^ Thomas Tracy (November 10, 2009). "Clouded woman threaten Judge Sunshine". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  6. ^ " vindicated as New York State Supreme Court indicts Senator Uzamere". Huhuonline. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Cheryl D. Uzamere Plaintiff, against Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere, also known as "Godwin E. Uzamere". ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT" (PDF). Supreme Court of the State of New York. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Senate Names Constitution Amendment Committee Members". Ijebu State. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  9. ^ "FCT Probe: A tale of the bad and the ugly". The Nation. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  10. ^ From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu (June 28, 2008). "Tribunal Condemns INEC Over Elections, Sacks Senator Uzamere". Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  11. ^ Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu (June 4, 2009). "AC loses bid to unseat Edo senator" (PDF). Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [dead link]
  12. ^ Emmanuel Aziken (17 December 2008). "AC Govt in Edo'll Purge PDP, Says Uzamere". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  13. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  14. ^ "Implementation, bane of 1999 Constitution—Mark". Vanguard. Jul 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  15. ^ HOPE AFOKE ORIVRI (31 July 2009). "NDDC: Group warns senator over Edo nominee". Nigerian Compass. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Senator to UNIBEN Governing Council: follow due process in VC’s appointment". Nigerian Compass. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  17. ^ "APPOINTMENT OF A SUBSTANTIVE VICE-CHANCELLOR". University of Benin. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [dead link]
  18. ^ Augustine Ehikioya (2009-09-24). "Senate panel backs local debts audit". The Nation. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  19. ^ "Nigerian arts exhibition in Stockholm". Nordic Africa News. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  20. ^ "INEC releases final results in Edo". In Depth Nigeria. April 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-21.