Former Anambra governor, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, dies at 78

A former governor of Anambra State, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, is dead. 


A statement released by his first son, Chetachi Mbadinuju, disclosed that the elder statesman died on Tuesday morning, April 11, at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.


The statement reads


” 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.

ODERA as he was fondly called, passed peacefully at the age of 78 years on the morning of the 11th of April, 2023 at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

At this trying time, we pray for God’s grace and mercy upon him and those left behind to mourn him. His funeral arrangements will be announced in due course by the family.”


Mr Chetachi, a lawyer, said the patriarch died at the age of 78.


Late Mbadinuju lost reelection in 2003 as a result of what some persons described as a gang up against him by some political godfathers. His era had also witnessed political upheaval, including killings, destruction of public institutions and industrial action, most of which were alleged to have been engineered to make him unpopular, and deny him reelection.


Born on 14 June 1945, the former governor obtained a BA in political science, and a doctorate in government. He gained a law degree from one of the best English universities. He was an editor of Times International. Before entering politics, he was an associate professor of politics and African studies at the State University of New York. The deceased served as personal assistant to governor of the old Enugu State, Dr. Jim Chris Nwobodo, between 1979 and 1980. He also served as the personal assistant to President Shehu Shagari between 1980 and 1983.


He was married to Nnebuogo Mbadinuju, and the union bore five children: Ada Mbadinuju (a medical doctor), Chetachi Mbadinuju (an entrepreneur), Nwachukwu Mbadinuju (an operations manager), Uche Mbadinuju and Chima Mbadinuju.


May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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