Posted by Karen on
05/21/2016 01:18:43 PM
Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige was born on August 8, 1952.
He studied medicine at the University of Nigeria-Nsukka where he graduated in 1979.
After he became a medical doctor, Chris got employment in the civil service, serving different times at the National Assembly and State House clinics. In the year 1998 he retired from the Federal Ministry of Health, having attained the position of a Deputy Director.
After his retirement, Chris Ngige joined the Nigerian politics. He was one of the founders of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 1999, he was the Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of PDP in the South East geopolitical zone region of Nigeria.
In the year 2003, Chris Ngige contested election and won, becoming an elected governor of Anambra State. Assuming office, he broke ranks with some PDP bigwigs, who unsuccessfully attempted to remove him from office on July 10, 2003, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted as genuine.
Chris Ngige’s election was however challenged in the election tribunal. In August 2005, the Governorship and National Assembly Election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige's 2003 election victory. He went on appeal to the Court of Appeal, but the annulment was affirmed on 15 March 2006, in a judgment awarding victory to Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). As no further appeals were possible, Chris Ngige accepted the judgment in good faith and urged the good people of Anambra to give their total support to Mr. Peter Obi. Anambra State recorded lots of positive change in the 33 months that Chris Ngige was in office, especially in the area of road construction, which left him in good standing with the Anambra electorate.
On February 6, 2010, Chris Ngige contested for the governorship of Anambra State alongside other notable Anambra politicians including Andy Uba, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Uche Ekwunife, Peter Obi etc. A total of 25 candidates actually contested in that election. However, the then incumbent governor Peter Obi eventually emerged the winner, leading to his second term as the governor of Anambra State.
In April 2011, Chris Ngige contested for and won election as Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). At the end of the election exercise, Chris Ngige was declared the winner over Professor Dora Akunyili of the APGA, with 69,765 votes to Akunyili's 69,292.
After the end of his tenure as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chris Ngige contested again, but this time, he lost the election to Uche Ekwunife.
In September 2015, president Muhammadu Buhari appointed Chris Ngige as the minister of Labour and Eployment for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and he was successfully screened by the senate.
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