As the clock ticks for the scheduled November 6 Anambra governorship election, a total of 18 political parties have showcased their candidate ahead of the poll.
The parties that would be participating in the Anambra governorship election include; the All Progressives Grand Alliance (the incumbent party), the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress, Labour Party, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) among others.
While these political parties have lined up strong personalities for the election, one person one can not fail to pick interest in is the Anambra governorship candidate for the YPP, Ifeanyi Ubah.
Born Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah on September 3, 1971, this businessman and political heavyweight have been a voice you can hardly ignore in the political ecosystem of Anambra state.
Ubah, an indigene of Otolo in Nnewi North local government area of Anambra state is married and has five children from the union.
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Early Life of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Ubah
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As the first son of seven children born to his parents, Ubah could not complete his secondary education at an early age due to the inability of his family to cater for his educational needs.
He later began to learn a trade and became a master in several businesses. However, over time he managed to successfully attend several local and international business courses, seminars in leadership and management.
In a recent move that surprised many, Ifeanyi Ubah took a big step and bagged a law degree at the Baze University in Abuja alongside other politicians like; Senator Dino Melaye and a former governorship candidate in the last Anambra election, Osita Chidoka.
With this feat, an elevated Ifeanyi Ubah said through the glory of God he was transformed "from a trade apprentice (Nwa-Boi in the Igbo language) to a senator and now a Law degree holder."
Ubah having missed out on early education, ventured into businesses like the importation and exporter of automobile spare parts and motor tyres across West Africa and soon into and out of Europe.
He later founded an oil and gas company, Capital Oil and Gas Limited in 2001, which engages in the sale and distribution of petroleum products. Its products include; automotive gas oil, premium motor spirit, and dual-purpose oil.
On October 19, 2015, Ubah launched the Authority Newspaper, a Nigerian daily newspaper published by The Authority Media & Publications Limited.
The publication is divided into three titles - The Authority Daily, The Authority Saturday and The Authority Sunday.
In the same year, Ubah founded the Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club, a football club in the Nigeria Premier League headquartered in Nnobi Nnewi in Anambra state. The club was previously purchased as Gabros International Football Club.
Ubah is happily married to his wife, Uchenna Ubah who bagged a degree in business administration from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
In an interview with Vanguard, Ubah had mentioned that he met his wife at age 21 after suffering a heartbreak from a woman who he had intended to marry at the time. He said he was so angry and broken from the failure of that relationship but God showed forth for him when he met his wife.
He proposed to his wife the same day they met and went ahead to inform his parents about his decision to get married immediately. They have five children.
An attempt at politics in Anambra and at the federal level
Politics became a big game for Ubah when he vied for the position of governor in Anambra state in 2014 under the platform of the Labour Party (LP). He however lost alongside other candidates to Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor of the state.
Five years after losing the election in 2014, Ubah was not perturbed. He went ahead to run for Anambra south senatorial district election in 2019. He won under the platform of YPP.
His victory was however contested in court following a suit filed against him by Obinna Uzor who sought the nullification of the election. Uzor had alleged that Ubah submitted a forged National Examination Council Certificate to contest for the 23 February 2019 senatorial election.
Following the suit, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sacked him from the Senate but the decision of the lower court was nullified after the Court of Appeal affirmed his election on March 19, 2020.
A dogged politician and an astute businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah is a philanthropist who has taken his charitable lifestyle to the level of founding a foundation focused on touching the lives of old women in trade - a rare thematic area of concentration for most organisations like this.
The Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation has also been engaged in awarding several educational scholarships to young people and carrying out medical outreach.
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Scattered all over the globe including China, the foundation has helped to repatriate many Nigerian youths languishing in prisons abroad.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Ubah had applied to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to grant him access to visit the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in detention.
Ubah said he made the decision to visit the IPOB leader in order to find a lasting solution to the security crisis bedevilling the southeast region.
Kanu is currently at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters in Abuja, where he is being detained on charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.