The history of Anambra State cannot be completed without the mention of the man who delivered Anambra State from the hands of Political godfatherism. He is Mr Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State and the former Presidential candidate.
The emergence of Peter Obi is like a light to Anambra State. No wonder he changed the slogan of the state from home for all to the light of the nation.
Peter Obi set a pace in the state, he left a big shoe which no one can fit in.
Peter Gregory Obi was born 19 July 1961. He served as the governor of Anambra State from 17th March 2006 to 2nd November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9th February 2007 to 29th May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned. Although a fresh election was held on 29th April 2007, he was reappointed governor on 14th June 2007 after a court rn a four-year term. Obi won in 6th of February 2010 election for a second term as governor.
Since then, Peter Obi has gotten several awards to his credits. This includes ;Sun Newspaper's Man of the Year 2007, This day Newspaper's Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria, 2009. Champion Newspaper's Nigeria's Most Trustworthy Governor, 2009. West Africa ICT Development Award for Governor of the Year 2010. Zik Leadership Prize,2011. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria, 2012.
Ezeife Leadership Foundation's Leadership and Good Governance Award, 2012.
Methodist Church of Nigeria's Golden Award on Prudence, 2012. Business Hallmark Newspaper's Man of the Year, 2012.
Silverbird's Man of the Year, 2013.
The Voice Newspaper's Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance, 2014.
Champion Newspaper's Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade, 2014.
And many more awards.
Peter Obi chooses to be called “Mr” despite his academic prowess. It speaks more of how humble he is. He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he completed his secondary school education. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984.
He attended Lagos business school, Nigeria,where he did his Chief executive program, Harvard business school, Boston, USA, where he did two programs, London School of Economics, Columbia business school, New York, USA,Institute for management development, Switzerland where he also got two certificates in senior executive program and chief executive officers program.
Mr Peter has been a great advocate for education even as Governor. He renovated the the schools in Anambra State and transfer them back Missionary for proper management. He procured computers and school bus for all the schools.
Many people have took to their social media handles to celebrate him. Many regarded him as the most prudent, astute administrator of our time.
Mr Peter is indeed a blessing to the people of Anambra State. At 59, he have immortalized his name in the sand of history and have made an indelible mark in the minds of the good people of Anambra State.
He is married to Margaret Obi and their union is blessed with two children.
Photo credits: Facebook @MrPeterObi
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