Biography of Ezenwo Nyesom Wike

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Biography of Ezenwo Nyesom Wike

 

 

Nigerian politician and lawyer Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (born December 13, 1967) serves as the state of Rivers’ sixth governor. He is from the Rumuepirikom village of Ikwerre in the Obio-Akpor region of Rivers State.

He attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology and identifies as a People’s Democratic Party supporter.

Between the years 1999 and 2007, Wike served as the Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area. On July 14, 2011, he became the Minister of State for Education.

Wike was named Acting Minister of Education following Mrs. Ruqqayatu’s dismissal, although he did not serve out his full tenure since he was running for Governor of Rivers State. Viola Onwuliri took his position when he stepped down. While campaigning for governor of Rivers State in 2014, he picked Ipalibo Banigo, a former secretary to the state government, as his running partner for deputy governor.

Wike won the governorship in elections held on 11 April, besting both the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dakuku Peterside and the Labour Party’s Tonye Princewill.

Wike announced in March 2022 that he would be running for president of Nigeria on the People’s Democratic Party ticket in advance of the 2023 general election. However, on May 28 and 29, 2022, at the MKO ABIOLA National stadium in Abuja, Wike was soundly defeated by Atiku Abubakar, who received 371 votes and placed second with 237.

 

Education

Wike took his O-levels at Government Secondary School Eneka in Obiakpor, Rivers State, and then continued his education at Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT).

In 1997, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from RSUT and continued his education at law school. The RSUT program that awarded Wike his MA specializes on political and administrative studies.

 

Career in Politics

Wike first entered politics in 1999, when he was re-elected to the post of Executive Chairman of the Obio Akpor Local Government Area in the Rivers state. He remained in this role until 2007. He began working for Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as his chief of staff in 2007.

President Goodluck Jonathan named him as Minister of State for Education in July 2011, and in September 2013, he was elevated to his current position as Federal Minister of Education. He left his post as federal minister so he could run for governor of Rivers State, his native state, in 2015.

 

Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal

The tribunal considering the case of Wike’s election began on May 13th, 2015 in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria’s Rivers State. The APC’s Dr. Dakuku Peterside asked the tribunal to overturn Nyesom Wike’s election as governor, which the PDP had already proclaimed him the victor of on April 11, 2015, on the grounds that the election was plagued by irregularities and did not follow the requirements of the Electoral Act.

To Wike’s mind, the Tribunal should be located in Port Harcourt rather than Abuja, where the case was scheduled to be heard. Justice Zainab Bulkachawa, who was president of the Court of Appeal at the time, dismissed Wike’s concerns and insisted that the tribunal proceed in Abuja for security reasons. Additionally, Justice Zainab mandated that all Election Petition Tribunals for the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe be moved to the nation’s capital of Abuja rather than the state of Rivers.

Wike had been evading service of court summons and other processes in the petition challenging Wike’s elections, so presiding Justice Muazu Pindiga approved the request of Mr Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, counsel to Dr. Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress, to grant an order for substituted service on the governor-elect.

The court bailiffs, according to Akeredolu, had previously tried to serve Wike at his home on many times, but each time he was turned away at the gate when Wike’s security staff learned of his identity as a court bailiff.

On October 24, 2015, a tribunal overturned Wike’s victory in the election for governor of Rivers State. A new election for Rivers State’s governor must be held no later than 90 days from the day of decision, as directed by the electoral tribunal. Wike has said that he would be appealing the tribunal’s decision.

 

2019 Gubernatorial Re-election

After many days of delays, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, INEC announced that Nyesom Wike had won the gubernatorial election in Rivers State. Wike started his second term by taking the oath of office on May 29 at Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. While delivering his speech, he made a number of promises to the people of Rivers state.

 

Educational Reform

Nyesom Wike made public elementary and secondary education free as part of his reform agenda. On Monday, 24 June 2019, he announced this at a meeting at the government house in Port Harcourt. This was coupled with criticism and praise; the latter coming mostly from parents and retired state-level administrators. Despite this ongoing challenge, the Wike government remained in place until its opponents finally collapsed.

Free JAMB registration was declared by Governor Wike via the State Ministry of Education for all qualified residents of the state in 2019.

 

Projects

The building of three major flyovers in Port Harcourt began concurrently during his second tenure as governor. Flyovers may be found at the Garrison, Rumoukoro, and Artillery locations.

 

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