Peter Obi Biography And Net Worth
Peter Gregory Obi, commonly known as Peter Obi, is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice-presidential candidate under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Nigerian general election. He was the former Governor of Anambra State, serving from March 17, 2006 to November 2, 2006 when he was impeached and from February 9, 2007 to May 29, 2007 after his impeachment was reversed.
Although a general election was held on April 29, 2007 and he won. He was then sworn in as governor of the state of Anambra on June 14, 2007, after a court ruled that he should be allowed to serve a four-year term. In the gubernatorial elections in the state of Anambra on February 6, 2010, he was re-elected to a second term.
Peter Obi is the current Labor Party Presidential Flag Bearer in the upcoming 2023 general election. He was born on 19 July 1961 in Onitsha, Anambra State, south-eastern Nigeria. He is currently 60 years old. After completing his primary education, Peter Obi attended Christ the King College in Onitsha, Anambra State, where he completed his secondary education and received his West African Senior School Certificate. He was then admitted to the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1980 and graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
After graduating, Peter Obi attended Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Columbia Business School and the International Institute for Management Development, where he received certificates in the Senior Executive Program and the Chief Executive Officer Program. He also attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. In 1992 Peter Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen and the marriage is currently blessed with two wonderful children, Gabriella and Francis Obi.
Peter Obi ran in the 2003 Anambra state gubernatorial election as a candidate for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), but his opponent, Dr. Chris Ngige of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). . After nearly three years of litigation, Dr. Chris Ngige Victory overturned by the Court of Appeal on March 15, 2006. On March 17, 2006, Peter Obi took over from Dr. Chris Ngige as Governor of Anambra State.
On November 2, 2006, after seven months in office, he was removed from office by the State House of Assembly and replaced the next day by Virginia Etiaba, his deputy, making her the first female governor in Nigeria’s history. Peter Obi successfully appealed his impeachment and was reinstated as Governor of Anambra State by the Enugu Court of Appeal on 9 February 2007. Virginia Etiaba restored him to power after the court ruling.
Peter Obi resigned from office on May 29, 2007, following the general elections won by Andy Uba. Peter Obi returned to court again, this time claiming that the four-year term he won in the 2003 election only began to run when he took office in March 2006. On June 14, 2007, the Nigerian Supreme Court upheld Peter Obi’s allegation and restored Peter Obi to office. This ended the term of office of Andy Uba, whose April 14, 2007 election was annulled by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Peter Obi’s four-year term should have remained undisturbed until March 2010.
On 7 February 2010, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Peter Obi the winner of the 2010 Anambra state gubernatorial election, defeating Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This election victory gave Peter Obi another four years as governor of the state of Anambra. On March 17, 2014, Peter Obi served his second term, handing over the governorship to Willie Obiano.
Following the 2015 general election, President Goodluck appointed Jonathan Peter Obi as chairman of Nigeria’s Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).
On 12 October 2018, Peter Obi was named the running mate of Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian presidential election. His party finished second while Muhammadu Buhari won. On 24 March 2022, Peter Obi declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, but later withdrew and announced that he would instead run on the Labor Party platform would.
According to the Peoples Gazette, on May 24, 2022, Peter Obi wrote to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party to resign his membership. Peter Obi reportedly feared humiliation in the party’s presidential primary and cited the existence of a party clique collaborating against him.
In the course of his political career, Peter Obi has received several honors and awards. In 2007, Peter Obi was named Sun Newspaper’s Man of the Year. In 2009, Peter Obi was recognized by the newspaper Thisday’s Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria. In 2020, Peter Obi received This Day’s Governor of the Decade. In 2009, Peter Obi was named Nigeria’s Most Trusted Governor by Champion Newspaper. In 2010, Peter Obi received the West Africa ICT Development Award for Governor of the Year. In 2012, Peter Obi received the Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South East Nigeria from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2012, Peter Obi received the Ezeife Foundation Awards on Leadership and Good Governance. In 2012 Peter Obi received the Golden Award on Prudence from the Methodist Church of Nigeria. In 2012, Peter Obi was named Man of the Year by Business Hallmark Newspaper. In 2013, Peter Obi received Silverbird’s Man of the Year Awards. In 2014, Peter Obi received The Voice Newspaper’s Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance.
In 2014, Peter Obi was named the Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade by Champion Newspaper. In 2014 Peter Obi received the Golden Merit Award from the Nigerian Library Association. In 2014, Peter Obi received the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester as Pope and Martyr. In 2015, Peter Obi received the Golden Jubilee Award from the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha. Peter Obi is very rich, wealthy and influential with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.