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Prof Humphery Nwosu

Humphrey Nwosu is a Professor of Political science. He was born on the second of October, 1941. Nwosu was born on 2 October 1941. He is Aro man from Ajalli, in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State, Nigeria.

He is a consummate public administrator, academic, technocrat, and political scientist. Dr. Nwosu studied political science at the University of California at Berkeley where he earned Master’s and doctoral degrees in political science ((Magna Cum Laude) in 1973 and 1976 respectively. He subsequently returned to his native country to teach at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he rose to become a full-time tenured professor.

He served in the cabinet of Samson Omeruah, governor of the old Anambra State, where he helped traditional rulers to gain staffs of office and receive salaries, and settled intra and inter community land disputes. He also served as chairman of a Federal Technical Committee on the application of Civil Service Reforms in the local government service.

He was appointed FEDECO chairman in 1989 after his predecessor (and former mentor) Eme Awa resigned due to a disagreement with Ibrahim Babangida. After the resignation of Prof. Eme Awa, Prof Nwosu was appointed chairman of the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. That was what the commission was known as  now known as in 1989. He held that office till 1993 and was succeeded by Prof Okon Uya. Prior to the June 12 1993 Presidential election, the only one supervised by Prof. Nwosu, the commission introduced the much celebrated option A4 and the open ballot voting system. The system was said to have greatly influence the transparency and credibility of that election. Many still argue that the 1993 election conducted by Prof. Humphrey Nwosu still stand out as the most transparent election in Nigeria's electoral history despite the fact that the two presidential candidates were moslems and the perceived winner being a moslem, had a moslem running mate.

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Dec 21, 2019

Prof Nwosu left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s political landscape. The Option A4 voting method was quite ingenious. It’s something that we should explore further as a nation

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