Emeka Ihedioha

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Chukwuemeka Nkemakolam Ihedioha
Governor of Imo State
Assumed office
29th May, 2019
Preceded byRochas Okorocha
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
In office
June 2011 – June 2015
Preceded byHon Usman Bayero Nafada
Succeeded byHon Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun
Chief Whip of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
In office
November 2007 – June 2011
Preceded byHon Bethel Amadi
Succeeded byHon Ishaka Mohammed Bawa
Member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
In office
June 2003 – June 2015
Personal details
Born (1965-03-24) 24 March 1965 (age 54)
Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Ebere Ihedioha
Children4 (Emeka, Ezinwa, Nkem, Kamsi)
ResidenceImo State, Abuja
OccupationPolitician; Businessman

Rt. Hon Chief Sir Emeka Ihedioha (born 24 March 1965) is a Nigerian politician and Businessman. He serves as Governor of Imo State.[1] He is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member and represented the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency of Imo State. He was also the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.[2] He holds a National Honor as Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

In 2015, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives following the defection of Aminu Tambuwal to APC. He became Governor in 2019, winning the Gubernatorial race.

Early life[edit]

Ihedioha was born on 24 March 1965 at Mbutu Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo State, South-East Nigeria.

He attended Town School Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise and completed same at SDA Primary School Abule Oja, Yaba in 1976. He had his secondary education at St. Ephraim's Secondary School, Owerrinta in present-day Abia State. He then proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.SC) degree in Food Science and Technology, in 1988.[3]

Ihedioha took an executive certificate course in financial management from Stanford University, and a leadership certificate course from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 1992, Ihedioha was appointed press officer to the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Iyorchia Ayu. A year later he was appointed chief press secretary to the Deputy Senate President. Following military incursion in the polity in November 1993, Ihedioha returned to his communications practice as Chief Executive Officer of First Page Communications. He became Director of Publicity of the newly formed People's Democratic Movement, the purveyor of the ruling People Democratic Party in 1998.

He was appointed special assistant to the Presidential Adviser on Utilities in July 1999, as special assistant of media and publicity to the President of the Senate in November 1999 and as special assistant on political matters to the Vice President in September 2001. He won a seat in the House of Representative as a member representing Aboh-Mbasie-Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency of Imo State in 2003.[5]

He was the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. During this period, he served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives after Tambuwal's defection to the APC and choice to stand down.

On 9 March 2019, Ihedioha contested for the gubernatorial seat for Imo State under the political platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). On 11 March 2019, Ihedioha was declared Governor-elect by the Independent Electoral Commission sitting in Imo-State after he defeated Uche Nwosu (son-in-law of the incumbent governor) who ran under the Action Alliance Party (AA), with a total of 273,404 votes.

Legislative activities[edit]

Between 2003 and 2007, he served as Chair, House committee on Marine Transport. Ihedioha is credited with passing key bills that allowed for increased participation of Nigerians in that sector. These laws are:

  • The International Convention for the Safety at Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004
  • The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2005
  • The United Nations Convention on Carriage of Goods by Sea (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2005
  • The International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for the Compensation of Oil Pollution Damage 1979 as amended (Ratification and Enforcement )Act 2006
  • The International Convention on the Civil Liabilities for Oil Pollution Damage (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2006.[6]

He was reelected in 2007, and served as Chair of the House committee on Cooperation an Integration in Africa and was later elected chief whip of the House, a position he held throughout that term.


Ihedioha is a Knight of the order of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion. He was conferred with Diocesan Merit Award by the Diocese of Mbaise, Anglican Communion and is a recipient of several chieftaincy titles.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Maritime Legislator by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria; Distinguished Service Award from the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and as one of Nigeria's 50 Most Outstanding Legislators (1999–2009).

Personal life[edit]

Ihedioha's business interests span real estate development, industrialized farming, hospitality and petroleum sectors. He married Lady Ebere Ihedioha and has four children.


  1. ^ "PDP's Emeka Ihedioha Wins Imo Governorship Election". Nigeria: Channels Television. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Senators & Representatives - National Assembly | Federal Republic of Nigeria". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ "profile - Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ Admin. "Chukwuemeka Ihedioha". Blerf.org. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Imo Governorship Race: Appeal Court Orders Ararume, Ihedioha Back to High Court". Thisday live. 28 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ "profile - Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha". Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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