Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has been named the Minority Leader of the 9th Senate.
Abaribe became Abia State’s Deputy Governor after Orji Uzor Kalu’s 1999 election to the Governorship.
The House of Assembly formally voted him out of office. He was succeeded as deputy governor by Eric Acho Nwakanma.
Abaribe ran for the governorship on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform in 2003, but lost to Kalu.
Abaribe was born on March 1, 1955. He earned his WASSCE from Government College Umuahia in 1974. He went on to the University of Benin, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1979 and a master’s degree in Economics in 1982. He lectured at the Edo State University from 1982 until 1985.