Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, CON, was a delegate of the South East Geo-political zone at the 2014 National Conference. He is an indigene of Abia State. Born on November 9, 1944, Chief Ugochukwu, an Economist, had a successful career in journalism, spanning 1975-1994, during which, he was Editor of Business Times (1976 – 1982), Editor of West Africa Magazine, London (1984 – 1987), Editor of Daily Times Newspaper (1987 – 1991), and Executive Director, Publications, Daily Times of Nigeria, PLC (1992 – 1994). Thereafter, he retired into business as a Media Consultant.
Following the programme for a return to democracy, Chief Ugochukwu joined politics in 1998, becoming Director of Publicity of the Obasanjo Presidential Campaign, which ultimately won the election. Thereafter, he was appointed, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Orientation and Public Affairs, in which capacity he launched a Campaign for National Rebirth. In year 2,000, he was appointed Chairman of the newly created Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). As Chairman, he presided over the establishment of the Commission, the initiation and implementation of several development programmes and projects, and the development of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master-plan.
In 2007, Chief Ugochukwu was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the keenly contested governorship election in Abia State.
In his journalism career, Chief Ugochukwu served as President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), (1988-1990), of which he is currently a Fellow and Board of Trustees member. He was also Member of Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (1998-1999).
For his service in the Niger Delta, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Uyo (2004). He was also given the National Honour of Commander of the Oder of the Niger, CON (2006).
Chief Ugochukwu, a recipient of several other honours and awards, continues to maintain an active interest in the Media, Business, and Politics.