Tony Anenih who died this day at age 85, was declared at the Cedar Crest hospital in Abuja last week.

Anthony Akhakon Anenih was born in Uzenema-Arue in Uromi. In 1951 he joined the Nigeria police force in Benin City. Working at home, he got secondary school qualifications. He attended the police college in Ikeja, and has been selected for further training at the Bramshill Police College, Basingstoke, England in 1966 and the International Police Academy, Washington DC in 1970. He served as a police orderly to the first Governor General of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. He worked as an instructor in various police colleges, and in 1975 was delegated to the Administrative Staff College (ASCON), Lagos. He retired from the police as a Commissioner of police.

He was State Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1981 and 1983, helping Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia become elected as civilian Governor of Bendel State. He was National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1992 and 1993, when he assisted in the election Chief M. K. O. Abiola as president. He was a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1994.

Anenih was a member of the PDM until early April 2002, when he moved to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Anenih was said to have masterminded the 26 April 2002 announcement of President Obasanjo at the International Conference center Abuja.  He was deputy national coordinator of Olusegun Obasanjo’s campaign Organisation from the 1999 and 2003 elections.

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