Ike Ekweremadu Biograghy
Ike Ekweremadu, a Nigerian senator since May 2003, is a politician, public speaker, federalist, lawyer, philanthropist, and author from Nigeria. He was born on May 12, 1962. He belongs to the People’s Democratic Party and served as the Nigerian Senate’s deputy president for three terms in a row (6th, 7th, and 8th Senate House). On June 23, 2022, Ekweremadu and his wife were charged with planning to arrange a 21-year admission into the UK in order to remove his organs.
Early Life and Education
On May 12, 1962, Ike Ekweremadu was born in Amachara Mpu, Aninri Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria. He is also an Enugu State native. His late Igwe Mathias Ekweremadu, the Okwaa Anekeoji 1 of Mpu in Enugu State’s Aninri Local Government Area, was his father, and he was born into the royal family of His Royal Highness.
Before continuing to the University of Nigeria for his bachelor’s degree and master’s in law, he completed his secondary education at the Boys Secondary School in Umueze Awkunanaw, where he earned a Grade 1 in the West African School Certificate, and St. Dominic’s Secondary School in Ugiri, Imo State. He also has a doctorate in philosophy in law from Nigeria’s University of Abuja.
When Ike Ekweremadu was the Chairman of the Mpu Town Union in Enugu State, his political career had its start at the local level. After that, he was chosen to lead the Aninri Local Government Council. For his exceptional work, he was elected Best Council Chairman of the Year in 1997. Ekweremadu was made Chief of Staff at the Enugu State Government House and afterwards Secretary to the Enugu State Government, both of which he held positions in till 2002. At the local level, he had built up a spectacular political resume.
In the 2003 Senate elections, Ike Ekweremadu made his first run and won. He was elected to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent the Enugu West Senatorial District on the Peoples Democratic Party’s platform. In the ensuing senatorial elections in 2007 and 2011, he was re-elected.
While still a senator, he was chosen to serve as the Senate’s deputy president in 2007. As the vice president, he was given the duty of assigning committee chairmanship positions to the southeast zone, making decisions that some senators deemed disagreeable. In July 2007, when Ojo Maduekwe was controversially appointed to a cabinet position, Ike Ekweremadu was instrumental in bringing about calm.
In September 2009, Ike Ekweremadu was named co-chairman of a committee charged with organizing the PDP candidate for governor of Anambra State’s primary elections. In September 2009, he was elected to serve as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) president. He also took part in an ad hoc panel tasked with trying to restore the Niger Republic’s constitutional order.
Following his selection as the First Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament in August 2011, he assumed the role of Speaker of the regional parliament. In 2011, he continued to act as the Senate’s vice president.
In the 2015 elections for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he stood again for senator and won, this time as a candidate for the Enugu West Senatorial District. It is important to remember that at this point, he was chosen to serve as the Senate’s Deputy President once more.
Ike Ekweremadu is the author of several legislation and motions. He was also the chairman of the special Senate committee overseeing the 1999 Constitutional Review. The fact that the 2011 elections were fair and free adds support to the electoral reform that was effectively aided by the National Assembly’s Constitution Review Committees.
Personal Life (Ike Ekweremadu Biograhy)
He has four children with his wife, Lady Nwanneka Ekweremadu, PhD, one of whom is now battling a failed kidney.
An Attack in Nuremberg, Germany
They viciously attacked Ekweremadu on August 17, 2019, in Nuremberg, while she was attending the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention hosted by Ndi-Igbo Germany. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPB) rushed the event location and started questioning Ekweremadu about the murders of Igbos during Operation Crocodile Smile and Python Dance. In relation to his alleged involvement in the IPOB ban in Nigeria, Ekweremadu was also questioned. Ekweremadu was forcibly dragged from the arena, attacked, and spit upon as the scene quickly deteriorated. Later, he would claim that his injuries were not significant when he ran away.
The leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, referred to the assault on Ekweremadu as a “nice warning” and cautioned other Igbo governors of possible treatment along those lines. The four suspects were taken into custody, charged with assault, and sentenced to 20 days of labor without the possibility of a fine.
Ekweremadu and his wife were accused of plotting to organize the entry into the UK of an alleged 21-year-old from Lagos in order to harvest organs on June 23, 2022 before the UK Magistrate’s Court.
Awards and Honours
- Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).
- Knight of the Good Shepherd, Ikeoha Ndigbo.
- Rotary Club’s Outstanding Citizen of the World 2017.
- Dr Kwame Nkurumah Africa Leadership Award (2005).
- Rotary Club’s Outstanding Citizen of the World 2017.
- Appointment by the University of Lincoln, UK, as Visiting Professor of Corporate and International Linkages.
Ike Ekweremadu’s Net Worth
Ike Ekweremadu is a powerful and wealthy man. At this time, his estimated net worth is $20 million.
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