Dave Umahi

David Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State
Assumed office
29 May 2015
DeputyEric Kelechi Igwe[1]
Preceded byMartin Elechi
Personal details
Born (1963-07-25) 25 July 1963 (age 56)
Uburu, Eastern Region, Nigeria
(now Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, Nigeria)
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Rachael Umahi
Alma mater

David Nweze Umahi (known popularly as Dave Umahi, born January 1, 1964) is a Nigerian politician who is serving as the current Governor of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.[2]

Early life and education

Born January 1, 1964, Umahi is the son of Elder Joseph Umahi Nwaze and Margaret Umahi of Umunaga.[3][4] Umahi received his secondary education from Ishiagu High School and the Government Secondary School of Afikpo before entering the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1982. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1990, he co-founded Norman Engineering and Construction Nig. Limited with Ombo Isokarari, serving as its general manager until 1993.[3] Until 2011, he served as chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd., Focus Investment Nig. Ltd., and Osborn La Palm Royal Resort Ltd.


Umahi entered public service in 2007 as the acting chairman of the Ebonyi State chapter of the People's Democratic Party.[5] From 2009 to 2011, he served as state chairman of the party. During that term, he served a year on the governing board of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba as its chairman.

In 2011, Umahi became deputy governor of Ebonyi State on a ticket with Martin Elechi.[5] In 2014, Governor Elechi supported Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health, as his successor, which Umahi stated violated an understanding that he would take that role.[6][7] Umahi defeated Chukwu in the primaries.[8] The remainder of Elechi's term was chaotic, with arson hitting the House of Assembly in February 2015 and motions taken to impeach him later that month over alleged unconstitutional gross misconduct, misappropriation of funds and anti-party activities.[9][10][11] Umahi was elected to the role of Governor on 12 April 2015 in an election that has been challenged by the Labour Party, All Progressives Congress and All Progressives Grand Alliance on the basis of "widespread irregularities, killings, and wanton destruction of property".[12][13] In October 2015, the legitimacy of the election was upheld by the Governorship Election Tribunal.[14]

In the 16th day of March, 2019, David Umahi was re-elected as Governor in the Ebonyi state governorship election. He polled 393,343 votes to defeat APC's Sonny Ogbuoji who polled 81,703 votes. [15]

See also


  1. ^ http://www.ebonyistate.gov.ng/deputygov.aspx
  2. ^ "Umahi wins Ebonyi governorship election". New Telegraph. April 12, 2015. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Founders". daveumahifoundation.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  4. ^ "David Umahi: Nigerian governors mourn with Ebonyi state governor over mum's death". pulse.ng. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  5. ^ a b "The Biography of Egnr. Dave Umahi|ezumezu OHANIVO". www.ezumezuohanivo.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Why Governor Elechi Lost Grip Of Ebonyi State Pdp | Nigerian News from Leadership News". Nigerian News from Leadership News. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  7. ^ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/2015-elechi-anyim-turn-ebonyi-battleground/
  8. ^ "Jonathan Wades Into Ebonyi Crisis, Summons Elechi, Anyim, Umahi | Nigerian News from Leadership News". Nigerian News from Leadership News. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  9. ^ "Ebonyi: Fiery meltdown! - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  10. ^ http://theadvocatengr.com/new/elechi-betrayed-his-vow-to-hand-over-to-me-ebonyi-dep-gov-alleges/
  11. ^ "Impeachment saga: Gov Elechi fights for survival | Newswatch Times". Newswatch Times. Archived from the original on 2015-11-25. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  12. ^ "PDP Candidate Dave Umahi Wins Ebonyi Guber Poll | Nigerian News from Leadership News". Nigerian News from Leadership News. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  13. ^ "PDP's Umahi Declared Winner Of Ebonyi Governorship Poll". Channels Television. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  14. ^ "Tribunal upholds Governor David Umahi's election - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  15. ^ https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/319292-its-official-david-umahi-wins-ebonyi-governorship-election.html

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