Chinwoke Mbadinuju, former governor of Anambra State, has passed away at the age of 78. The sad news was announced by his first son, Chetachi Mbadinuju, in a statement released on Tuesday.
The former governor, who served between 1999 and 2003 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.
Mr. Mbadinuju sought re-election as governor under the PDP, but was denied the party’s ticket amidst internal crisis within the party. He later defected to the now defunct Alliance for Democracy and emerged as the party’s governorship candidate, but lost in the general election.
His opponent, Chris Ngige of the PDP, was declared the winner, but was later sacked by the Court of Appeal in Enugu three years after.
Before his foray into politics, Mr. Mbadinuju had served as a personal assistant to a former governor of old Enugu State and also to Nigeria’s former Head of State.
The family of the late governor expressed gratitude to God for his life and requested for prayers during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.