John Okechukwuemeka

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John Okechukwuemeka
Minister of State for Transportation
In office
July 2007 – 29 October 2008
Senator for Anambra North
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Alphonsus Obi Igbeke
Personal details
Born (1962-07-18) 18 July 1962 (age 54)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

John Okechukwuemeka, or Okechukwu Emeka, (born 18 July 1962) is a Nigerian politician, formerly a Minister of State for transportation, who was elected Senator for Anambra North in Anambra State, Nigeria in the April 2011 general elections, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

Background[edit]

Prince John Okechukwuemeka was born on 18 July 1962. He attended Columbia College of Missouri (1984-1987) where he earned an MSc in Business Administration. He was Executive Director - Operations at Nigeria Commercial and Industrial Enterprises (1987-1990), then Managing Director & Chief Executive (1990-1993) of the same company. From 1993 to 2007 he was Managing Director & Chief Executive of Fichtel & Sachs (West Africa) Ltd.[1]

Political career[edit]

In July 2007 Okechukwuemeka was appointed Minister of State for Transportation in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua.[1] He was dropped from this position in a major reshuffle on 29 October 2008.[2] Okechukwuemeka was responsible for water transportation.[3]

Prince Emeka was elected PDP candidate for the Anambra North Senatorial seat in the April 2011 national elections, winning 1,156 votes. In March 2011, he petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector-General of Police, stating that Senator Alphonsus Igbeke had attempted to fraudulently substitute his name on the list of candidates, despite winning less than 100 votes.[4] In the April 2011 elections, Emeka won 60,788 votes, ahead of runner-up Joy Emordi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with 54,060 votes and J. Balohun of the Action Congress of Nigeria with 17,849 votes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prince Okechukwu Emeka". AfDevInfo. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "New List of Federal Ministers of Nigeria & Their Ministries - After Yar'Adua Drops 20 Ministers.". Nigerian Muse. October 29, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us". National Inland Waterways Authority. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  4. ^ Jude Opara (24 March 2011). "INEC, Police Probe Fake Court Orders". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Collated Senate results". INEC. Retrieved 2011-05-04.