Audu Innocent Ogbeh is a portalNigerian politician who was chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from 2001 until January 2005. He is currently the Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Chief Audu Ogbeh who hails from Otukpo in Benue State was born on 28th July 1947.
He attended King’s College, Lagos from 1967 – 1968, then studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1969 – 1972 and the University of Toulouse , France from 1973 – 1974. He lectured at the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1972 – 1976 and headed the Department of Humanities, Murtala College of Arts, Science and Technology from 1977 – 1979.
In 1979 he ran for office in the Benue State House of Assembly on the Platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), becoming deputy speaker of the house. In 1982 he was appointed Federal Minister of Communications, and later became Minister of Steel Development.
His term of office ended in December 1983 when a military coup brought Major-General Muhammadu Buhari to power. Chief Audu Ogbeh left politics for agricultural business and consultancy in 1984 but came back to team up with the Dr Alex Ekwueme Presidential Campaign in 1998 as its Director-General. Between 2001 and 2005, Chief Audu Ogbeh served as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party replacing Chief Barnabas Gemade.
He held this position until January 2005, when he was forced to resign due to his criticism of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s handling of a crisis in Anambra State . Talking to reporters, however, Ogbeh claimed that he resigned only to avoid conflict within the party, and due to a desire to return to farming.
In December 2005, Ogbeh formally resigned from the PDP. As of 2009, he was chairman and managing director, Efugo Farms, Makurdi , and a member of Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships Incorporated, based in Philadelphia, United States of America.
Chief Audu Ogbeh was sworn-in on 11th November, 2015 as a Minister representing Benue State in the Federal Executive Council and was assign Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.