Placid Njoku Biography, Early Life, Age, Family, Education, Career And Net Worth

Placid Njoku

Placid Njoku is a Nigerian politician, academic and the current serving Deputy Governor of Imo State, Nigeria.

He emerged governor after contesting alongside Hope Uzodinma, who emerged fourth in the 2019 elections, but was later sworn in by the verdict of the Supreme Court. Prior to his becoming the governor, Njoku served as the first Vice-Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Imo State.
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Placid Njoku Profile

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Full name: Placid Njoku
Date of birth: 10th February 1947
Age: 73 years (2020)
Nationality: Nigerian
Spouse(s): Dr. (Mrs.) Bola Njoku
Education: Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU)
Religion: Christianity
Occupation: Politician, academician
Political party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
Net worth

Placid Njoku Biography and Career

Placid Njoku was born on the 10th of February, 1947 and hails from Amaimo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. He became prominent after he got appointed in 1993 as the first Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU), a position he held until 1999. He was succeeded by Professor Ogbonnaya Onwudike.

How he emerged as Sen. Hope Uzodinma running mate

According to an article which appeared on ImoTrumpeta on November 28, 2018, Prof Njoku was picked as Sen. Hope's running mate after marathon meetings that took place both in Owerri and Abuja respectively.

Recall that the former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha wanted his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu to succeed him after ruling for 8 years, a move which didn't go well with the 'big-heads' in the Imo politics, especially members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

It led them into pulling various Coalition of Groups together to stop Okorocha’s plots, many Group Interest came together to actualize the exit of Uche Nwosu from the APC Governorship race. It was at this juncture that agreements were reached on how to “Rescue” Imo State from Okorocha’s grip, with Owerri zone tipped as the favoured zone to produce Okorocha’s successor.

When in the process to clinch the slot and all the Governorship Aspirants from Owerri zone felled by the wayside, it was agreed that if Uzodinma restled the APC Governorship ticket, his Deputy would be from Owerri zone, which he accepted.

After Uzodinma successfully grabbed the party's ticket, he wanted to approve his Deputy himself but was reportedly met with strong resistance from the Owerri zone elders who warned him to stay off and allow the Owerri people pick the Deputy themselves, an input he obliged to.

In the process, the likes of Sir George Eche, Prince Eze Madumere, Dr TOE Ekechi, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Chief Gbujie and Anozie were in the race for the Deputy Governorship position. Sources further revealed that TOE Ekechi disqualified himself from the position saying that he was fighting for Owerri zone Governorship and therefore not for other things more is it would be morally wrong to do anything otherwise. He also insisted that no Owerri APC Governorship Aspirant should be picked for the Deputy Governorship position.

The situation led Ejiogu, Eche, Anozie, Ekechi, Madumere and Gbujie into leaving the race. At this point, the 'Owerri Elders' were said to have gone for an erudite Owerri son, who is saleable, and in the end, arrived at Prof Placid Njoku as Uzodinma’s Deputy.
Source: ImoTrumpeta

On 11 March 2019, Emeka Ihedioha was declared Governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sitting in Imo State, after he defeated Uche Nwosu who ran under the Action Alliance Party (AA), with a total of 273,404 votes. Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance emerged third with 114,676 votes while Uzodinma was in the fourth place with 96,458 votes.

Sen. Uzodinma later challenged the Ihedioha's victory up to the Supreme Court. On 14 January 2020, the Supreme Court declared Uzodinma, the duly elected Governor of Imo State. The court held that results from 388 polling units were wrongly excluded from votes ascribed to Uzodinma and the APC in Imo adding that the first appellant Uzodinma holds the majority of lawful votes cast. He and Placid Njoku were on 15th of January, 2020 sworn in as the Governor of Imo State and Deputy Governor of Imo State respectively.

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