WIKE, Ezenwo Nyesom

Born 13/12/1967

Rumuepirikom, Rivers State



An outstanding administrator, lawyer, leader, and politician Nigerian politician and lawyer who is the sixth and a former Governor of Rivers State. He is an Ikwerre from Rumuepirikom in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party and was educated at Rivers State University of Science and Technology. Wike was elected as a two-term Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area from 1999 to 2007. He was appointed Minister of State for Education on 14 July 2011. Wike was later appointed the Acting Minister of Education, after Mrs Ruqqayatu was sacked but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for Governor of Rivers State. He was replaced by Viola Onwuliri. In 2014, he won the Rivers State People's Democratic Party primary and chose former Secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate for deputy governor. Wike defeated Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tonye Princewill of the Labour Party in the 11 April gubernatorial elections to emerge as governor.In March 2022, Wike declared that he will be running for the office of the president of Nigeria under the platform of the People's Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 General election, he was defeated by Atiku Abubakar who won the primaries with 371 votes while Wike got 237 votes being the first runner up. during the People's Democratic Party presidential election primary which was held at the MKO ABIOLA National stadium, Abuja on 28 and 29 May 2022.
Gender: N/A
Name of Spouse Wike Eberechi
State of Origin: Rivers
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Working Experience

Minister Of The Federal Capital Territory, 21th August 2023

Previous Appointments:

River State Governor, 29 May, 2015 – 29 May 2023
• Promoted to Federal Minister of Education in September 2013 – 2014
• Minister of State for Education in 14 July 2011 – April 2013
• Chief of staff to the Governor of Rivers State 2007 – 2011
• Executive Chairman, Obio Akpor Local Government Area’s two-term 1999 to 200

Government Secondary School Eneka in Obiakpor, Rivers State • Bachelor of Laws degree from, Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT). • Law School in 1997. • Master of Arts degree in Political and Administrative Studies from RSU

• People Democratic Party (PDP) 1999

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