Theodore Orji and Iyiola Omisore: Two Nigerian Politicians Who Won Elections While In Detention

Theodore Orji and Iyiola Omisore

Since Nigeria returned to Democratic Rule in 1999, the duo of Senator Iyiola Omisore and Senator Theodore Orji made history as the only Two Nigerians who won Election into Politcal Positions while in Detention. 

Senator Iyiola Omisore 

Omisore, a Former Deputy Governor of Osun State contested and was elected to represent Osun East Senatorial District at the Senate under the PDP platform in 2003. Omisore was arrested as One of the Suspects allegedly involved in the Murder of an Ex-Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige.

Omisore who was in Detention during the 2003 General Elections, defeated the then Incumbent Senator Mojisola Akinfenwa of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). 

Senator Theodore Orji 

He is currently a Second-term Senator, Orji made history as the Second Nigerian and First Governorship Candidate to be elected while in Detention. In 2006, While the 71years-old Politician was serving as Chief of Staff to the Abia State Governor, He was detained over an alleged Financial Misappropriation.

While in Detention, Theodore Orji contested and was elected as Governor of Abia State under the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) platform. 

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