Ogbonnaya Onu, former Abia State governor is dead

Ogbonnaya Onu, former Abia State governor is dead

A former Governor of Abia State, Ogbonnaya Onu has died at the age of 72. Ọnụ, a former Minister of Science and Technology under Muhammadu Buhari’s

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A former Governor of Abia State, Ogbonnaya Onu has died at the age of 72.

Ọnụ, a former Minister of Science and Technology under Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, died in a Hospital in Abuja.

A source, close to the deceased, confirmed his death on Thursday, April 11.

Onu was the former governor of Abia State between 1992 and 1993, as he died after a brief illness in an undisclosed hospital.

The former minister hailed from Ụbụrụ in the Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi state.

He contested for the presidential flag of the All Progressive Congress, APC, during the 2023 general election but lost to President Bola Tinubu.

Onu was a Nigerian politician, author, and engineer until his death.

He was the first civilian governor of Abia State and was the minister of science, technology, and innovation of Nigeria from November 2015 until his resignation in 2022.

The former Abia state governor was the longest-serving minister of the ministry.

However, neither his family nor the Abia state government has issued any statement at the time of this report.

Onu started his political career as an aspirant for a senatorial seat in the old Imo State on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN.

He contested for the position of Governor of Abia State in 1991 under the umbrella of the National Republican Convention and won. He was sworn in as the first executive governor of the state in January 1992.