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Dr. Chuba Okadigbo

Dr. Chuba Wilberforce Okadigbo was born on 17th December, 1941. He was a Philosopher, scholar, an activist, and President of the Senate of Nigeria. He was often referred to as Oyi of Oyi in reference to his local government council area (Oyi).

After graduating in Washington, D.C., Chuba Okadigbo became Assistant professor, and later the adjunct associate professor of philosophy in University of the District of Columbia, adjunct assistant professor of politics the Catholic University of America, and adjunct assistant professor of politics Howard University. He accomplished all these from 1973 to 1975.

Between 1975 and 1978, he became director-general center for interdisciplinary and political studies, and a lecturer in philosophy University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also became a professor of philosophy Bigard Memorial Senior Seminary [Roman Catholic Mission] in Enugu State.

Chuba was appointed as a Special Adviser to then president, Shehu Shagari in 1979. At the dawn of the fourth republic, He was elected into the National Assembly (Anambra North) and he became President of the Nigerian Senate, after the impeachment of Evan Enwerem. However, in 2000, he was falsely charged of corruption and impeached, officially demoting him from Senate President to a senator.

Okadigbo decamped to the All Nigeria Peoples Party to become Muhammadu Buhari's running mate in the 2003 Presidential elections, but lost to the People's Democratic Party candidates, Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ and Atiku Abubakar by a landslide victory. Because of possible mass rigging, his party later took the matter to the Supreme court that year.

He died in Abuja due to breathing problem; on September 25, 2003, a day after his campaign in Kano State. Though, people around questioned whether the tear gas used during the rally was poisonous.

 

Sources

senatepresident.gov.ng

en.wikipedia.org