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Former Anambra Governor, Chinwoke Mbadinuju Dies At 78

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, has been announced dead. Mbadinuju was said to have died at the National Hospital in Abuja on Tuesday, at the age of 78.

The former governor’s death was made known in a statement on Tuesday by his first son, Chetachi Mbadinuju.

His statement said: “With heavy hearts but utmost gratitude to God for a life well spent, we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, uncle, friend and associate, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, a former governor of Anambra State and elder statesman.”

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He said the former governor “passed on peacefully” on Tuesday morning at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.

He said the patriarch died at the age of 78, adding “At this trying time, we pray for God’s grace and mercy upon him and those left behind to mourn him.”

Chetachi said the family would announce his funeral arrangements in due course.

The late Mbadinuju served as the governor of Anambra State between 29 May 1999 and 29 May 2003 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He sought re-election as governor under the PDP platform, but was denied the party’s ticket under controversial circumstances amidst internal crisis within the party at the time.

Chris Ngige would later clinch the governorship ticket of the party ahead of the 19 April, 2003 governorship election in the state.

After losing the PDP’s ticket, Mr Mbadinuju defected to the now defunct Alliance for Democracy, where he later emerged the party’s governorship candidate, but lost in the general election.

Mbadinuju had served as a personal assistant to a former governor of old Enugu State, Jim Nwobodo, between 1979 and 1980, before playing the same role for former Nigeria’s Head of State, Shehu Shagari, between 1980 and 1983.

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via: Information Nigeria

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