Sam Egwu

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Sam Ominyi Egwu
Nigerian Senator for Ebonyi
Assumed office
29 May 2015
Preceded by Sen. Chris Nwankwo
Governor of Ebonyi State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded by Simeon Oduoye
Succeeded by Martin Elechi
Federal Minister of Education
In office
17 December 2008 – 17 March 2010
Preceded by Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu
Succeeded by Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i
Personal details
Born 20 June 1954
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Sam Ominyi Egwu (born 20 June 1954) is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria. He was Governor of Ebonyi State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. President Umaru Yar'Adua appointed him Federal Minister of Education in December 2008. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan replaced him by Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i in April 2010.[1]

Egwu was former President Olusegun Obasanjo's choice to become National Chairman of the PDP at its 2008 National Convention. However, at the Convention on March 8, 2008, he withdrew in favor of the compromise candidate Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who was chosen as an alternative to Egwu and his main rival for the position, Anyim Pius Anyim.[2] His stay as education minister was characterized by ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) and other university union strikes. This led to people demanding for his sack.[citation needed]

In 2015 he successfully contested and won the senatorial seat for Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone.

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  1. ^ "Ministers - the Profiles". ThisDay. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Nigeria: As Ogbulafor Emerges PDP Chairman Obasanjo Loses Grip", Daily Trust, Abuja (, March 9, 2008.