Peter Obi

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Peter Obi
Governor of Anambra State
In office
14 June 2007 – 17 March 2014
Preceded byChris Ngige
Succeeded byWillie Obiano
In office
9 February 2007 – 29 May 2007
Preceded byVirginia Etiaba
Succeeded byAndy Uba
In office
19 January 2007 – 13 March 2007
Preceded byChris Ngige
Succeeded byVirginia Etiaba
Preceded byAndy Ubah
Personal details
Peter Gregory Obi

(1961-07-19) 19 July 1961 (age 59)
Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
Political partyPeople Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Margaret Browson Usen
EducationUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka (B.A)
Lagos Business School, Nigeria
Harvard Business School, Boston
London School of Economics
Columbia Business School, New York
Institute for Management Development, Switzerland
WebsiteOfficial website

Peter Gregory Obi (born on the 19th of July 1961) is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the People's Democratic Party. He was the former governor of Anambra State serving from 17th of March 2006 to 2nd of November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9th of February 2007 to 29th of May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned.[1] Although a fresh election was held on the 29th of April 2007, he was reappointed governor on the 14th of June 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term.[2][3] He won on the 6th of February 2010 election for a second term as governor.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Obi was born on the 19th of July 1961 at Onitsha.[5] He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he completed his secondary school education.[6] He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984.[7]

He attended Lagos business school, Nigeria,[8] where he did his Chief executive program, Harvard business school, Boston, USA, where he did two programs, London School of Economics, Columbia southwest school, New York, USA,[9] Institute for management development, Switzerland[10] where he also got two certificates in Senior Executive Program and Chief Executive Officers program. He also attended Kellogg graduate school of Management, USA,[11] Oxford University:Said business school[12] and Cambridge University: George business school.[13]


He is the chairman of Nigeria Security and Exchange Commission.[14]

Obi was chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then chairman and director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. He was the youngest chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc.[5] He was recently appointed the chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) by former President Goodluck Jonathan after the 2015 general election.[15][16]


First term[edit]

Peter Obi contested in the Anambra State governorship election as candidate for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party in 2003, but his opponent, Chris Ngige of the People's Democratic Party, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).[17]

After nearly three years of litigation, Ngige's victory was overturned by the Court of Appeal on 15 March 2006. Obi took office for on 17 March 2006. On 2 November 2006, he was impeached by the state house of assembly after seven months in office and was replaced the next day by Virginia Etiaba, his deputy, making her the first-ever female governor in Nigeria's history. Obi successfully challenged his impeachment and was re-instated as the governor on 9 February 2007 by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu. Etiaba handed power back to him after the court ruling.[18]

Obi once again left office on 29 May 2007 following the general elections, which Andy Uba won. Obi returned to the courts once more, this time contending that the four-year tenure he had won in the 2003 elections only started to run when he took office in March 2006. On 14 June 2007 the Supreme Court of Nigeria upheld Obi's contention and returned Obi to office. This brought to an abrupt end the tenure of Obi's successor, Andy Uba whose April 14, 2007 election the Supreme Court nullified on the grounds that Obi's four-year tenure should have remained undisturbed until March 2010.[19]

Second term[edit]

On 7 February 2010, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Peter Obi the winner of the 6 February 2010 gubernatorial elections, where he defeated Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, former governor, CBN. This election victory gave Governor Obi an additional four years as the governor of Anambra State.[4] On 17 March 2014 Peter Obi served out his second term and handed over the governorship to Willie Obiano.[20]

2019 presidential elections[edit]

On October 12, 2018, Peter Obi was named as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party's Presidential Candidate in the Nigerian 2019 Presidential elections. His party came second.[21]


These are some of the notable awards of Peter Obi[22][23]

  • Sun Newspaper's Man of the Year (2007)
  • Thisday Newspaper's Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria (2009)
  • Champion Newspaper's Nigeria's Most Trustworthy Governor (2009)
  • West Africa ICT Development Award for Governor of the Year (2010)
  • Zik Leadership Prize (2011)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria (2012)
  • Ezeife Leadership Foundation's Leadership and Good Governance Award (2012)
  • Methodist Church of Nigeria's Golden Award on Prudence (2012); Business Hallmark Newspaper's Man of the Year (2012)
  • Silverbird's Man of the Year (2013)
  • The Voice Newspaper's Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance (2014)
  • Champion Newspaper's Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade (2014)
  • Nigerian Library Association's Golden Merit Award (2014)
  • Catholic Diocese of Onitsha's Golden Jubilee Award (2015)

Personal life[edit]

Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992, and together they have two children. He's a devoted Catholic.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  2. ^ "Governor Peter Onwubuasi Obi". Who's Who Profile. Africa Confidential. Retrieved 18 February 2012. Challenged Chris Ngige’s election as Governor of Anambra State, 2003; legal battles with Ngige, 2003-06; Governor, Anambra State, March 2006-November 06; impeached, November 2006; re-instated as Governor to finish original four-year tenure, June 2007.
  3. ^ Temple Chima Ubochi (June 17, 2007). "Governor Peter Obi Of Anambra State: Consistency; [Perseverance] And Patience Are Worthy Virtues". NigeriaWorld. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Obi Re-elected Anambra State Governor...(UPDATED)". ThisDay. July 2, 2010. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Home | Lagos Business School". Lagos Business School. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  9. ^ School, Columbia Business (2015-07-09). "Columbia Business School MBA Program". Programs. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  10. ^ "IMD business school for management and leadership courses". IMD business school. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  11. ^ "Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University". Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  12. ^ "Leadership | Saïd Business School". Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  13. ^ "Peter Obi: A complete profile". Vanguard News. 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  14. ^ Olajide, Bukky (2015). "Jonathan appoints Peter Obi chairman of SEC". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Achum, Valentine Daily Sun, OCT 11, 2016 VOL. 13 NO. 3512
  16. ^ Chuks, Chris (2009-07-09). "Meet the Governor". Exmark Technologies. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  17. ^ "Peter Obi V. Independent National Electoral Commission & Ors (S.C. 123/2007 ) [2007] NGSC 180 (13 July 2007); | Nigeria Legal Information Institute". Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  18. ^ Etaghene Edirin (14 February 2010). "Peter Obi - The Making of an Enigma". Daily Champion.
  19. ^ Eboh, Camillus (2007-06-14). "Close Obasanjo ally loses governor's seat in Nigeria". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  20. ^ "Obiano sworn-in as Anambra Governor - Premium Times Nigeria". 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  22. ^ Admin. "Peter Obi: A complete profile". Vanguard. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  23. ^ a b Faleae, Vivian. "Peter Obi's biography and career". Retrieved 15 February 2019.