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Peter Obi Biography, Net worth, wife, children – why Nigerians prefer him to Atiku

Peter Obi biography, net worth, wife, private life defection from PDP to Labour Party and why most Nigerian prefer him to Atiku, ENigeria Newspaper reports.

Name:                                                        Mr. Peter Gregory OBI, (CON).
Date of birth:                                            July 19, 1961
Age:                                                           61 years-old
Marital status:                                          Married
Children:                                                   Two children – Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi, Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi
Wife:                                                         Margaret Brownson Usen
Schools attended:                                    Christ The King College, UNN, etc
Religion:                                                   Christian (Catholic)

Previous Political party:                          Peoples Democratic Party – PDP

Current political party:                           Labour Party

Occupation:                                             Politician, business man, banker

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Siblings:                                                   (4) Bibiana Adani, Ndibe Obi, Fabian Obi, Martina Obi

 

Peter Obi Biography – a break down from the beginning

Peter Obi was born in Onitsha on July 19, 1961. He completed his high school studies at Christ the King College also in Onitsha. In 1980, he enrolled in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and graduated in 1984 with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy.

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Peter Obi proceeded to study at Lagos Business School in Nigeria, Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed two programs, London School of Economics, Columbia Southwest School in New York, New York, USA, and Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, where he earned two certificates in Senior Executive Program and Chief Executive Officers Program.

He also studied at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in the United States; Said Business School at Oxford University, and the George Business School at Cambridge University.

Peter Obi Biography: Pre-Political career (Early life as a trader)
ENigeria Newspaper reports that aside inheriting a multi-billion-naira conglomerate from his father, Peter Obi also trained as a business man and trader, grew his business into a multi-billion naira empire owning assets, investments across the world before he eventually veered into politics. Peter Obi once said, he started his life as a trader, being born into trading family before venturing into the corporate world.

ENigeria Newspaper reports that Peter Obi held leadership positions in some private establishments.
Some of the companies he served includes: Next International Nigeria Ltd which he owns till date, 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.

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In his days, he was the youngest chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc and still maintains his shares with the bank till date.
Peter Obi Biography: …when Pandora Papers scandal implicated him.

A Nigerian Newspaper, Premium Times published about Peter Obi’s involvement with offshore businesses in tax havens including the British Virgin Islands in an exclusive investigation conducted by Pandora Papers.

In 2010, Obi enlisted the help of Access International to set up and manage Gabriella Investments Limited, a company based in the British Virgin Islands named after Obi’s daughter and run by figureheads to avoid Obi’s direct involvement; one of the directors was also the director of a Belize-based shell company that was given 50,000 shares in Gabriella Investments.

Obi renamed the firm PMGG Investments Limited in 2017 and established a trust called The Gabriella Settlement as the only shareholder of PMGG Investments Limited.

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Obi also appeared to have established shell businesses in the 1990s, with the Barbados-based Beauchamp Investments Limited and the UK-based Next International (UK) Limited being linked to Obi and his family.

Some journalists discovered that Obi infringed various laws as a result of his business transactions after studying his history of having offshore firms. First, while acting as Governor of Anambra State, Obi continued to be a director of Next International (UK) Limited, in blatant violation of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

Second, Obi’s failure to declare his offshore firms violated a section of the Nigerian Constitution that requires public officials to reveal all of their assets, liabilities, and properties, the Premium Times reports said.

Lastly, both the Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act outlaw a public officer from holding a bank account outside Nigeria and the leaks (along with Obi’s response to them) made it clear that Obi maintained his foreign accounts while serving as Governor.

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After the revelations, civil society groups pushed for investigations into Obi as reporters queried the EFCC on if the commission would start investigating Obi.

A few days after the report, Obi responded by claiming that he did not break any laws and clarified that the accounts’ money was accrued from his time as a businessman while the EFCC invited him for questioning later in October 2021 after Buhari directed all anti-corruption agencies to investigate those named in the leaks.

Peter Obi Biography, Net worth, wife, children – why Nigerians prefer him to Atiku

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Personal life – Peter Obi Biography
Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992 and has two children with her. He is a devoted Catholic who makes no apologies for it. For the record, Peter Obi has given more to the Catholic Church than numerous individuals combined, from building mission schools to hospitals for his Church, his donations to charity knows no bound.

Political career: First term as Anambra Governor – Peter Obi Biography
In 2003, Peter Obi campaigned for governor of Anambra State as a candidate for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), but the Independent National Electoral Commission pronounced Chris Ngige of the People’s Democratic Party the winner (INEC).

On March 15, 2006, the Court of Appeal overturned Ngige’s victory after nearly three years of litigation.
On March 17, 2006, Obi was sworn in as governor of Anambra State. He was impeached by the state house of assembly on November 2, 2006, after only seven months in office, and was replaced the next day by Virginia Etiaba, his deputy, who became Nigeria’s first female governor.

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Obi successfully appealed his impeachment and was re-instated as governor by the Court of Appeal in Enugu on February 9, 2007. Following the court verdict, Etiaba returned power to him.

Obi resigned from government on May 29, 2007, after Andy Uba won the general elections. Obi went back to court, this time claiming that the four-year term he had won in the 2003 elections only began to run in March 2006, when he took office.
Obi’s case was upheld by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on June 14, 2007, and Obi was reinstated in office.

The election of Obi’s successor, Andy Uba, was invalidated by the Supreme Court on April 14, 2007, on the grounds that Obi’s four-year mandate should have been uninterrupted until March 2010. His victory at the Supreme court then set another legal precedence in Nigeria politics.

Second term:
Peter Obi was proclaimed the winner of the 2010 Anambra State gubernatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), defeating Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Governor Obi was re-elected for a fourth term as governor of Anambra State as a result of this election triumph.

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On March 17, 2014, Peter Obi completed his second tenure as governor and handed over the baton to Willie Obiano.
President Goodluck Jonathan selected Peter Obi as head of the Nigerian Security and Exchange Commission following the 2015 general election (SEC).

2019 presidential elections:
On October 12, 2018, Peter Obi was announced as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential election campaign in Nigeria. His political party came in second place.

Peter Obi Biography incomplete with a mention 2023 presidential elections
Against the possible odds before him, Peter Obi announced his desire to run for President of Nigeria on the Peoples Democratic Party platform on March 24, 2022.

Leaving the PDP
Peter Obi wrote to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party on May 24 to quit his membership, according to an exclusive report published by ENigeria Newspaper. Obi feared being humiliated at the party’s presidential primaries, according to the article. Mr. Obi verified the report to the newspaper, claiming that he was being pursued by a gang.

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Peter Obi Biography – Schools Attended and certificates obtained

· Christ the King College, Onitsha (W.A.S.C.)
. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (B.A. Philosophy)
· Lagos Business School, Nigeria (Chief Executive Program)
· Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A. (Mid to Mid Marketing)
· Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A. (Changing the Game)
· London School of Economics (Financial Mgmt/Business Policy)
· Columbia Business School, New York, U.S.A. (Marketing Mgmt.)
· Institute for Management Development, Switzerland (Senior Executive Program)
· Institute for Management Development, Switzerland (Break-Through Program for CEOs)
· Kellogg Graduate School of Management, U.S.A. (Advanced Executive Program)
· Kellogg School of Management U.S.A. (Global Advanced Mgmt Program)
. Oxford University: Said Business School, (Advanced Mgmt. & Leadership Program)
. Cambridge University: George Business School (Advanced Leadership Program)

Peter Obi Biography – Previous Positions Held
· Governor, Anambra State of Nigeria (2006-2014)
· Honorary Special Adviser to the President on Finance (till May, 2015)
· Member, Presidential Economic Management Team (till May, 2015)
· Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (2008-2014)
· Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum (2006-2014)
. Former Chairman: Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
· Former Chairman: Fidelity Bank Plc.
· Former Chairman: Guardian Express Mortgage Bank, Ltd.
· Former Chairman: Future Views Securities, Ltd.
· Former Chairman: Paymaster Nigeria Plc.
· Former Chairman: Next International (Nigeria) Ltd
· Former Director: Guardian Express Bank Plc.
· Former Director: Chams Nigeria Plc.
· Former Director: Emerging Capital Ltd
· Former Director: Card Centre Plc

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Peter Obi Biography – Membership of Professional Associations/Organizations

· Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG)
· Member, Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers
· Member, British Institute of Directors (IOD

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Peter Obi Biography – Membership of Federal Government Committees
In my capacity as the Governor of Anambra State, I served as a member of:
*Federal Government Committee on Minimum Wage
*Federal Government Committee on Negotiation with Labour on Subsidy
*Federal Government Committee on Mass Transit
*Federal Government Committee on Natural Resource
*National Economic Council Committee on Power Sector Reform
*National Economic Council Committee on Sharing of MDGs Funds
*National Economic Council Committee on Accurate Data on Nigeria’s Oil Import and Export
*Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council
*Sub-Committee on Needs Analysis of Public Universities in Nigeria
*National Economic Council Review Committee on the Power Sector

Peter Obi Biography – Awards & Recognitions2015:

Golden Jubilee Award from Catholic Diocese of Onitsha for outstanding contribution to quality healthcare delivery in St. Charles Borromeo Hospital in particular and Anambra State in general, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the hospital.

*2014: Nigerian Library Association Golden Merit Award for remarkable improvement of libraries in Anambra State, exemplified by our Government’s construction of the Kenneth Dike Digital State Library, remarkable upgrade of the Onitsha Divisional Library, and provision of library facilities in secondary schools across the State.

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*2014: Champion Newspaper Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade.

* 2014 The Voice Newspaper (Holand) Achievers Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance.

*2013: Silver Bird Man of the Year (with Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State).

*2012: Business Hallmark Newspaper Man of the Year.

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*2012: The Golden Award on Prudence – by the Methodist Church of Nigeria as the Most
Financially Prudent Governor in Nigeria.

* 2012: Leadership and Good Governance Award by The Ezeife Leadership Foundation Award for restoring peace and harmony to Anambra State.

* 2012: Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria – by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

* 2012: Outstanding Financial Planner and Manager – by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion for my resourcefulness and creativity in governance.

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*2011: Zik Leadership Prize.

*2010: ICT Governor of the Year – by the West Africa ICT Development Award.

*2009: Champion Newspaper Nigeria’s Most Trustworthy Governor Award.

*2009: Thisday Newspaper Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria.

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*2007: The Sun Newspaper Man of the Year Award.

**The Nigerian MDGs Office/UNDP Best Governor in the Implementation of the MDGs in Nigeria.

Peter Obi Biography – Introduction Of Constitutional And Other Major Changes in Nigerian Politics
*He was the first gubernatorial candidate in Nigeria to legally challenge to its logical conclusion, his governorship electoral victory that was denied him. He won in the Courts and reclaimed his mandate.

*He was the first Governor in Nigeria to legally challenge his wrongful impeachment and was reinstated by the Courts.

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*He was the first Governor in Nigeria to seek the interpretation of tenures of Governors when INEC allowed elections to take place in Anambra State when his tenure had not expired; the election already concluded was cancelled and he was allowed to complete his tenure.

*He was the first Governor to serve a 2nd term in both the new and old Anambra State, that is, almost 40 years after creation of the State.

*He was the first Governor, whilst still in Office, to be appointed a Special Adviser to the President.

*He was the first serving Governor to be appointed into the Presidential Economic Management Team.

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*He was among the first Governors to be honoured with a National Award in 2011, while still in office.

*Though the only Governor whose political party was in government in only one State, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum twice.

*Though the only non-PDP Governor in the South-East (made up of 5 States), he was elected by the other 4 PDP Governors as their Chairman for 8 years rather than the usual one year.

Peter Obi Biography – Fundamental Achievements As Governor Of Anambra State (Partial Listing)
1. Anambra was the first State to commence Sub-Sovereign Wealth savings, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. At a time many other Governors were leaving huge debts, I left the equivalent of $500 million Dollars in investment as well as local and foreign currency, including $156 million in Dollar-denominated bonds.

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2. For the first time in the history of Anambra State, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of notable countries such as United Stated, Britain, Russia, European Union, South Africa, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Canada, among others, visited the State. Before my tenure, Anambra was practically a pariah state blacklisted by the Diplomatic Corps and international development partners.

3. Development partners such as UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank, DFID, the European Union etc., which hitherto were not in Anambra State started working with the State. Anambra was consistently adjudged one of the best states in development partnership and commitment to reforms for good governance.

4. He was recognised as Best Governor by the Millennium Development Goals Office (OSSAP-MDGs) and the UNDP in the implementation of their programmes in Nigeria.

5. The Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO) rated Anambra as the least indebted state in Nigeria. In spite of visible and measurable achievements recorded in various sectors, the State under him did not borrow or raise bonds for her various projects.

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6. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rated Anambra State as the most financially stable state in the country.

7. The State’s ground-breaking return of schools to their original owners – Voluntary Agencies (Churches) on 1st January 2009, and subsequent partnership with the Agencies in Education, saw the State move from 24th position out of 36 States to Number One in National Examination Council (NECO) and West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations for three consecutive years. This made the World Bank to commission a study, led by the renowned Prof. Paul Collier of Oxford University, on this revolutionary partnership and phenomenal achievement.

8. The State also entered into strategic partnership with the Churches in the Health sector. This symbiotic relationship resulted in a tremendous boost to health care because of the services offered by health institutions owned by Voluntary Agencies, while the State restored grants to the agencies and made available to them more than 50 million Dollars in various types of support.

10. Through partnership with the Church in the Health sector, his Government funded the transformation of -:
a: Iyienu Hospital, Ogidi;

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b: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala;
c: St Charles Borromeo Hospital, Onitsha;
d: Holy Rosary Hospital, Waterside, Onitsha; and
e: St. Joseph Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu.
His Government also built the Joseph Nwilo Heart Centre in St. Joseph, Adazi-Nnukwu, where heart operations are now being performed.

11. His Government won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (1 Million dollars) as the best-performing state in immunization in the South-East. With complementary funding from our Government, they used the money to build 10 Maternal and Child Care Centres across the State, particularly in rural communities, in partnership with the Churches.

12. The State was the first to procure and distribute more than 30,000 computers to secondary schools, including 22,500 from HP. The Managing Director for Personal Systems Group HP Inc, Mr. Fabrice Campoy described the deployment as the biggest of such projects in the Middle-East and Africa.

13. Anambra State Government provided Microsoft Academies to more than 500 secondary schools, which the Head of Microsoft in Nigeria (Mr. Ken Span) described as the biggest such deployment in Africa so far.

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14. The State provided Internet access to more than 500 secondary schools, which the CEO of Galaxy Backbone (Mr. Gerald Ilukwe) characterized as incomparable to any in the country.

15. More than 700 buses were provided to secondary schools in the State by our Government.
16. Boreholes were provided in schools all over the State.

17. Numerous classrooms were built in all the 177 communities of the State.

18 As part of the efforts to turn around the economy of the State, a number of companies were attracted to build their facilities in the Anambra State. A case in point is SABMiller, the 2nd largest brewery in the world, which built their first Green Field facility in the State, which is today one of the most successful facilities they operate globally.

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19. A number of other companies followed the SABMiller initiative and were all supported and encouraged under our government; a good example is INNOSON Motor Manufacturing Company, from which our government bought more than 1,000 vehicles.

20. Anambra State for the first time started close collaboration with recognized government security agencies (the Police, Army, Navy, Department of State Security, Civil Defense, among others), offering them various types of support including provision of more than 500 security vehicles. The improvement in security was phenomenal, such that the former IG of Police (Abubakar Mohammed) lauded Anambra State for not witnessing any bank robbery in my last three years in office.

21. To further enhance security, Anambra State provided at least one security vehicle to each of all the 177 communities in the State as well as various organizations such as markets and Churches.

22. His Administration conceived and built, from scratch, the first state-owned Teaching Hospital, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu teaching Hospital, Awka.

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23. His Government commenced the planned development of the Igbariam Campus of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University, including the fencing, construction of internal roads, electrification, construction of the Faculty of Law, Auditorium, Administrative Block, Faculty of Agriculture, Management Building, among others).

24. His Government attracted the World Bank support on erosion – National Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) – to Anambra State.

25. His Government was the first to do Poverty Mapping in Nigeria, as a guide for the effective implementation of our poverty-alleviation strategies.

26 His Government, for the first time, undertook the aerial mapping of Awka as well as the production of Structure Plans for Awka Capital Territory, Onitsha and Nnewi.

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27. During his tenure and with his government’s support, Anambra State became an oil producing State.

28. He built the first Secretariat Complex to house State Government Ministries that were hitherto scattered around the State.

29. His government commenced the development of the ‘Three Arms Zone’ comprising Government House/Governor’s Lodge, Legislative Building/Speakers Residence, and Judiciary Building with Chief Judge’s Residence.

30. By the end of his tenure in 2014, more than twelve (12) health institutions, including two hospitals, had secured accreditation; when we took off in 2006, no health institution in Anambra State was duly accredited.

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31. Anambra State was the first to undergo national peer review, which scrutinized State Governments for good governance, through the State Peer Review Mechanism (SPRM), an initiative of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in collaboration with the DFID.

Peter Obi Biography, Net worth, wife, children – why Nigerians prefer him to Atiku

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Why He Is Preferred To Atiku And Other Presidential Aspirants
Many Nigerians, particularly young people, consider Peter Obi as the most qualified presidential candidate among all the contenders, including Atiku, Tinubu, and others.

Peter Obi’s popularity has risen even faster since he announced his intention to run for President in the 2023 election till he left his membership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and he continues to be respected by all.

According to a recent poll conducted by ENigeria Newspaper, Obi has dominated the Twitter Nigeria trend map, and after joining the Labour Party a few days ago, he has further improved the party’s popularity and followership.

Most Nigerians say they have no doubts about Peter Obi’s ability to perform if elected President, noting that he is the only contender whose campaign is based on his previous performance as Governor of Anambra State as well as previous offices held.

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PETER OBI’S BIOGRAPHY IS RESEARCHED AND PUBLISHED BY ENIGERIA NEWSPAPER 

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