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History of Abia Leadership (Part 3)

Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu born 21st April 1960, became the 7th Governor of Abia State at age 39 from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. Born to the family of Mr. Johnson Uzor Nesiegbe Kalu and Mrs Eunice Kalu.

He attended Christ the King School Aba and Government College Umuahia. After studying at Barewa College, Zaria, he enrolled into the University of Maiduguri and was studying political science before the “Ali must go” students riots of 1978 that led to his suspension and departure from the University into full time business pursuits. Orji Uzor Kalu became the youngest Nigerian to receive the National Merit Award from “President” Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at the age of 26 in 1986. Given his age, disposition and timing of arrival as the second and first real executive governor of Abia State in 1999, Orji Uzor Kalu was definitely positioned to lay the right foundation for the God’s own state to the eternal praise and glory of God.




Theodore Ahamefule Orji

Theodore Ahamefule Orji was born in Amaokwe Ugba, Umuahia – Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in 1950. He attended Santa Crux Secondary School, Olokoro, Holy Ghost College, Owerri and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Ibadan in 1977. Orji began work as an Administrative Officer in the old Imo State civil service in December 1979. He subsequently served in various capacities in the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Agriculture, and Imo State Government House.

When Abia State was created in 1991, Orji returned to Umuahia where he served in Government House, Umuahia, Bureau of Budget and Planning and Ministry of Agriculture. On March 1, 1996, Orji was seconded to the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), now INEC, Abia State as Administrative Secretary and was later redeployed to Enugu State in 1997 where he was part of the elections that ushered in the democratic government in the state in 1999. Thereafter, he returned to Abia State as Principal Secretary, Government House, Umuahia and Chief of Staff to Orji Uzor Kalu the then Executive Governor of Abia State. A position he held until his final transmutation eight years later.

In December 2006, Orji won the governorship elections in Abia State while in detention. He was sworn in on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 as the 8th and 3rd Executive Governor of Abia, Gods Own State. He was reelected as Governor in 2011 and there’s no indication that he ever sought the Face and Counsel of the Owner of the state during his reign.

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