Born on May 13th 1957, he ruled the state from 1999 to May 29, 2007. During his reign, he was known as the action governor for he cleared the bulk of salaries owed Edo state workers especially Observer staff for 19 months. His administration is certainly remembered for human capacity development with the absorption of all casual workers into the main stream of the Civil service in the state.
His administration will also be remembered for the fight against trafficking in human and prostitution, the fight was led by his wife Eki Igbinedion.
After he left office, he was declared wanted in January 2008 by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 142 counts of financial fraud. The allegations are that he embezzled 24 million dollars i.e 12 million pound using fake companies.