Biography of Ike Ekweremadu; Senator; Lawyer; Politician; Enugu State Celebrity

Biography of Ike Ekweremadu; Senator; Lawyer; Politician; Enugu State Celebrity

Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu, a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was born on May 12, 1962 at Amachara Mpu Village in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State. He
was born into the royal family of His Royal Highness,Late Igwe Mathias Ekweremadu, the Okwaa Anekeoji 1 of Mpu, Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
After his Primary School Education, he had his Secondary Education at St. Dominic?s Secondary school, Ugiri, Imo State and Boys Secondary School, Umueze Awkunanaw where he obtained a Grade 1 in West African School Certificate.
Ike Ekweremadu studied Law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He later wentto obtain his Masters degree from the same University. Thereafter he got his Doctorate from the University of Abuja.
He is married to Lady Nwanneka Ekweremadu and their marriage is blessed with four Children.
Ike Ekweremadu began his political career from the grassroots. He started serving the people by holding the position of Chairman of Mpu Town Union, Enugu State. From there he was elected the Chairman of Aninri Local Government Council.  His unprecedented performance won him the Best Council Chairman of the year, in 1997.
Haven built a great political resume at the grassroots, he was appointed the Chief of Staff, Enugu State Government House and subsequently the Secretary to the Government of Enugu State. 
In 2003, Ike Ekweremadu for the first time contested in the Senatorial elections and won. He was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent Enugu West Senatorial District under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It is worthy to note that he was re-elected in the 2007 elections, and also in 2011 senatorial elections.
While in the Senate, he was elected the Deputy President of the Senate in 2007. As the deputy President, He was given the job of handing out committee chairmanship positions allocated to the southeast zone, making decisions that were unpopular with some senators. In July 2007, Ike Ekweremadu was instrumental in defusing objections to the controversial nomination of Ojo Maduekwe to a Ministerial position.
In September 2009, Ike Ekweremadu was made a co-chairman of a committee to conduct the primary elections for the Peoples Democratic Party?s governorship candidate for Anambra State. In September 2009, he was appointed to lead ECOWAS- Economic Community of West African States.  And was in an ad hoc committee whose duty was to work for the return of constitutional order in the Niger Republic.  He was elected First Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament and emerged the Speaker of the regional parliament in August 2011. Again in 2011,he retained his position as Deputy President of the senate.
In the 2015 senatorial elections he again contested and was re-elected as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent Enugu West Senatorial District. It is important to state here that he was again adopted as the Deputy President of the senate.
Ike Ekweremadu has several motions and bills to his credit.  In addition, he was the Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the 1999 Constitution Review. The free and fair elections experienced in 2011 derives its credence of the Electoral Reform which was duly facilitated by the Constitution Review Committees of the National Assembly.
Ike Ekweremadu is a detribalized patriotriotic Nigerian whose dedication, sacrifice and passion for Nigeria are legendary.
Ike Ekweremadu?s quality representation can be felt by all in his constituency.  His constituency is filled with his monumental achievements.  He has transformed his Senatorial District into a huge construction site with road rehabilitation and construction, rural electrification, solar lights, water supply schemes, health care service delivery, libraries, computer centres, youth development centres etc.
In the area of human resource and capacity building, the Ikeoha Foundation which he founded in 1997 as a council chairman, complements his constituency outreach through scholarships to indigent students, micro-credit and widowhood support schemes, adult literacy centres, quiz and Ikeoha Football Cup competitions among others.
 Also worthy of mention is the church he built and donated to the Anglican Communion- the All Saints Anglican Covenant Church Mpu.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu has to his credit several awards, honours and traditional titles.  He was inducted as a Knight of the Order of the Good Shepherd, Diocese of Enugu (Anglican Communion); Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Africa Leadership Award; the conferment of Doctor of Laws, LLD,(Honoris Causa) on him by the  University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Amongst his traditional titles is the conferment of the Ochiagha Ndigbo (Generalissimo of Igboland) by Eze Nri, the custodian of Igbo culture and tradition; the Ikeoha Ndigbo (Pride and Strength of Ndigbo) by the South East Council of Traditional Rulers. He also holds the national honour of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

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