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Okwesilieze Emmanuel Nwodo
Governor of Enugu State
In office
January 1992 – November 1993
Preceded by Herbert Eze
Succeeded by Temi Ejoor
Personal details
Born (1950-07-28) 28 July 1950 (age 65)
Nsukka, Nigeria

Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (Okwy) (born 28 July 1950 in Nsukka, Nigeria[1]) is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Enugu State in January 1992 during the Nigerian Third Republic.[2] Later he became a senior politician in the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[3]

Nwodo studied medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1971–77). Between 1977 and 1980 he was a house officer at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu and at the Military Hospital in Jos. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Surgeons, London (1980) and the Belgrade Medical School, Yugoslavia (1980–84), gaining an MB.BS in Medicine and Surgery. He worked as a pediatric surgeon in Yugoslavia and then in Birmingham, England, before returning to Nigeria and taking a post as Medical Doctor at the Ukehe Medical Centre and Maternity (1984-1991).[3]

Nwodo was elected Governor of Enugu State in January 1992 on the NRC platform during the Nigerian Third Republic. He held office until November 1993, when General Sani Abacha came to power in a military coup.[2]

He was twice elected Secretary General of People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999-2001.[3] In October 2001 he was replaced by Vincent Ogbulafor as PDP party secretary.[4] He fell out with Enugu State governor Chimaroke Nnamani in 2002.[5] In December 2003 the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission announced that it was investigating Nwodo and others in connection with a multi-billion naira bribery scandal related to the National Identity Card scheme.[6]

In 2007 he was awarded a national honor, Commander of the Niger, by President Shehu Yar'Adua. In 2010 he was elected National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party. In 2010 he was cleared of all charges on the Identity Card scandal.[citation needed] In 2014 The Beta Sigma Fraternity International, at its biennial convention held at Enugu, has elected Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Governor of Enugu State, as its President for the next two years. Other elected officers include; Dr Duke Igwilo, UK- based Forensic Psychiatrist and Director General, Alex Ekwueme Foundation, as Vice President; Mr Valentine Okechukwu as Registrar, Dr Emeka Obieze as Deputy Registar, Mr Charles Ekwulugo as Financial Secretary and Damian Obiora as Publicity Secretary. In his acceptance speech, Nwodo, enjoined all members to live up to the high ideals for which the Beta Sigma was formed in Nigeria. He stated that “at a time when our society is plagued by socio-economic problems and security challenges, members should extend hand of fellowship to the less-privileged and the poor in our communities.” He said activities to mark the golden jubilee of the Fraternity will be announced soon. The Beta Sigma Fraternity International is a soco- cultural, philanthropic and international service organisation for graduates and undergraduates worldwide.


  1. ^ Profile of Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo
  2. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b c Malachy Agbo (2002-07-20). "Inside the Nwodos' Political Dynasty Making?". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  4. ^ Waheed Odusile, Ufot Essien, Kola Ologbondiyan, Oma Djebah and Chris Nwachuku (2001-11-10). "PDP's Men of Power". ThisDay. 
  5. ^ Chike Agbim (2007-07-13). "Between Nwobodo And Nnamani In Enugu". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  6. ^ Lanre Issa-Onilu (2003-12-14). "How FG Nabbed Afolabi, Akwanga, Nwodo". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 

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7. President Beta Sigma International. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/06/nwodo-elected-beta-sigma-intl-president/]]

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, has said Senator Uche Chukwumerije's contributions to the growth of democracy in the country would be remembered for ...
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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:30:00 -0700

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:37:30 -0700

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The Nation Newspaper

The Nation Newspaper
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:15:00 -0700

But Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who was National Chairman, knew just like everybody else in that room, including David Mark, that I wasn't out of order; that we had actually agreed to this in an earlier enlarged meeting. Then, I knew that there was a hidden ...

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The News
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 03:41:15 -0700

In the third Republic during the NRC, SDP era, Chief MKO Abiola won the election fair and square on the platform of SDP but the majority of the Igbo led by the late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, (Ikemba Nnewi) the late Evans Enwerem, Okwesilieze Nwodo ...

Daily Sun

Daily Sun
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:48:21 -0800

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, has commended the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo and the former deputy governor of the state, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, for supporting the candidates of the ...
Daily Sun
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:56:06 -0700

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