David Nweze Umahi (known popularly as Dave Umahi, born January 1, 1964) is the current Governor Of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
Governor of Ebonyi State
29 May 2015
Preceded by Martin Elechi
Born 1 January 1964 (age 52)
Uburu, Eastern Region, Nigeria
(now Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, Nigeria)
Political party Peoples Democratic Party
Government Secondary School, Afikpo
Anambra State University, Enugu state, Nigeria
Early life and education
Born January 1, 1964, Umahi is the son of Elder Joseph Umahi Nwaze and Margette Umahi of Umunaga. Umahi received his secondary education from Ishiagu High School and the Government Secondary School of Afikpo before entering the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1982. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
In 1990, he co-founded Norman Engineering and Construction Nig. Limited with Ombo Isokarari, serving as its general manager until 1993. Until 2011, he served as chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd., Focus Investment Nig. Ltd., and Osborn La Palm Royal Resort Ltd.
Umahi entered public service in 2007 as the acting chairman of the Ebonyi State chapter of the People's Democratic Party. From 2009 to 2011, he served as state chairman of the party. During that term, he served a year on the governing board of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba as its chairman.
In 2011, Umahi became deputy governor of Ebonyi State on a ticket with Martin Elechi. In 2014, Governor Elechi supported Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health, as his successor, which Umahi stated violated an understanding that he would take that role. Umahi defeated Chukwu in the primaries. The remainder of Elechi's term was chaotic, with arson hitting the House of Assembly in February 2015 and motions taken to impeach him later that month over alleged unconstitutional gross misconduct, misappropriation of funds and anti-party activities. Umahi was elected to the role of Governor on 12 April 2015 in an election that has been challenged by the Labour Party, All Progressives Congress and All Progressives Grand Alliance on the basis of "widespread irregularities, killings, and wanton destruction of property". In October 2015, the legitimacy of the election was upheld by the Governorship Election Tribunal.