On this day in 1952, a Nigerian Politician who was Executive governor of Anambra State from 29 May 2003 to 17 March 2006 under the Peoples Democratic Party and who is currently a Federal Cabinet Minister as well as a member of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige was born in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria.
He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011.
He immediately went into the civil service, serving at the National Assembly and State House clinics at different times.
He retired in 1998 as a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Thereafter, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige turned to politics, becoming a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party.
By 1999, he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of PDP in the South East region of the country.
In 2003, he was elected governor of Anambra State in controversial circumstances.
He quickly broke ranks with his political godfather, Chris Uba brother of Andy Uba, after an unsuccessful attempt on 10 July 2003 to have him removed from office, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted.
However, in August 2005, an election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige’s 2003 victory.
No further appeals were possible, and Ngige accepted the judgment in good grace, calling on the people of Anambra to give their total support to his successor.
Ngige’s 33 months in office were characterised by populist programmes, especially road construction, leaving him in good standing with the electorate.
In April 2011, Ngige ran for election for Senator of Anambra Central, on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform.
After voting problems in some areas of the constituency on 9th April, the election in these areas was held on 25th April and Ngige was declared the winner over former Minister of Information and Communications Professor Dora Akunyili of the APGA, with 69,765 votes to Akunyili’s 69,292.
Ngige’s tenure as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria came to an end following his defeat in the 2015 election by Hon. Mrs Uche Ekwunife who has been sworn in as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the current 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.
On 11th November 2015, Ngige was named minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari.