Buhari approaches Senate with list of nominees

A former Council Chairman of Abua/Odual Local Government Area,  Odum Odi has been nominated as a Minister.

He is likely to replace Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the Federal Executive Council.

The Senate on Tuesday, June 21, received the names of seven ministerial nominees from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The confirmation request was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and read at the start of the plenary on Tuesday.

President Buhari, in the letter, explained that the confirmation request was in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The letter signed by Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant (press) to the president of the Senate outlined the names of the nominees.

They include Abia Umana Okon Umana  (Akwa Ibom), Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi), Goodluck Nana Opiah (Imo), Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano), Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo) and Odum Odi (Rivers).

Recall that a few days after the APC National Convention, Amaechi met privately with the President.

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Although nothing is known about the details of their conversation, the issue of a possible successor to the Minister may have been discussed.

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Odi’s nomination has come as a surprise to many, but in Abua/Odual, jubilant supporters of the former council chairman have started celebrating.