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On This Day: The Birth of Chief CC Onoh



On this day: in history (1927), Christian Chukwuma Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh was born in Enugu Ngwo, in what is now Enugu State. He was a Nigerian businessman, lawyer and former governor of Anambra State.

Onoh earned a law degree from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in 1957. In 1958, he was elected member, House of Parliament for Enugu Constituency. He later resigned to take up appointment as the first indigenous chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Coal Corporation (1961 to 1966). During the civil war, he was appointed administrator of Enugu Capital Territory.

Onoh was elected governor of Anambra State in October 1983 on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform, defeating the incumbent Jim Nwobodo of the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP). The election was marred by widespread intimidation, violence and vote-rigging. The election was disputed, but eventually decided in his favor in the supreme court. Three months after the election, on 31 December 1983, the military assumed control under General Muhammadu Buhari and Onoh, together with all the other civilian governors, was dismissed.

Onoh died at his Enugu Ngwo country home at the age of 81. #myhistorydiary #history #enugu #nigeria #politics



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