Chief Athan Nneji Achonu, a distinguished Nigerian agronomist and astute politician, is set to make history as the Labour Party’s flagbearer in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Imo State. Positioned as a major contender in the race, he is gearing up to face tough opponents, including the incumbent Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Samuel Anyanwu (SamDaddy) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sen Athan Achonu Biography and Profile
Chief Athan Achonu Biography and Educational Background
Born on the 31st of May, 1959, Chief Athan Nneji Achonu, known as the “One Arm General,” hails from Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. His educational journey began at Madonna High School Etiti, Imo State, and continued at Government College Umuahia, Abia State. Seeking further knowledge, he ventured abroad, securing admission to the prestigious John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
Career and Politics
A man of versatile accomplishments, Athan Achonu stands as a renowned agronomist and successful businessman. His notable ventures include Chia Enterprises Limited, Nejach Engineering Limited, Mathan Nigeria Limited, Okebaram Resources Limited, and Orient Refining Company Nigeria Limited. Over the years, he has carved a significant niche in the business world, recording commendable achievements.
In the realm of politics, Athan Achonu made his mark in 2015 when he contested for the Imo North Senatorial seat under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Despite an initial victory, the result was overturned by an Appeal Court in Owerri, declaring the APC candidate, Benjamin Uwajumogu, as the winner.
Undeterred by challenges, Athan Achonu continued his political journey, and in April 2023, he emerged as the Labour Party’s gubernatorial flagbearer through a keenly contested primary. The victory, secured with 134 votes, showcased his resilience and popularity within the party. His closest rival, retired Major-General Lincoln Ogunewe, trailed with 125 votes, while Chief Martins Agbaso secured a distant third with just 13 votes.
As the Labour Party’s torchbearer, Chief Athan Nneji Achonu is set to bring his wealth of experience and leadership acumen to the gubernatorial race. The battle for the Imo gubernatorial ticket is not just a political contest but a representation of the three senatorial zones, each aligning with one of the state’s strongest political parties.
As Imo State anticipates the November 11 governorship election, Chief Athan Achonu stands resolute, ready to usher in a new era of visionary leadership, progress, and prosperity for the people.