Senate President Bukola Saraki announced the names of ministerial nominees who made President Muhammadu Buhari’s second batch of ministers.
The new list include Dr. Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah (Abia State), Mr. James Ocholi (Kogi State), Professor Isaac Adewole (Osun State), Professor Claudis Omoleye Daramola (Ondo State), Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe State), and Alhaji Adamu Adamu.
Others on the list are Professor Anthony Anwuka (Imo State), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa State), Brig.-Gen. Dan Ali (rtd), and Hajia Aisha Abubakar.
Enelamah, a medical doctor, is the Co-Founder and CEO of African Capital Alliance, a leading private equity firm on the African continent. He has a wealth of experience in investment banking having worked for Goldman Sachs in London and New York and Arthur Anderson in Nigeria, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a CFA charter.
He has served on a number of boards of blue chip companies including Dorman Long Engineering Ltd., Corner Stone Insurance Plc and UAC Nigeria Plc.
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri from Bayelsa state defected to the APC from the PDP less than 4 weeks ago.
He contested the Bayelsa West PDP primary Senatorial election and declared himself as winner of the election after conducting a sham parallel congress election. It was the Court that nullified his election and categorically told him that he is NOT the duly elected PDP candidate for the election.
In annoyance he resorted to antiparty activities and eventually defected from the PDP to the APC about 4 weeks ago.
Daramola is a professor of education in the University of Ilorin, while Hon. Abba Ibrahim, a former first lady of Yobe State, is a past Commissioner for Transport in the state and a three-term member of the House of Representatives.
Adamu is a veteran journalist who once worked for New Nigerian Newspapers and was a member of Buhari’s Transition Committee.
Anwuka is a former Secretary to the Imo State Government, while Adewole is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Ocholi was until recently the former National Deputy Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who recently contested for the governorship ticket of the party in his state but lost to Abubakar Audu. He was earlier a governorship aspirant on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the state.
Senator Lokpobiri represented Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly until 2015 and was once Speaker of the state assembly, while Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali just chaired the APC Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Primary Committee after the first botched primary in the state.
Prof Anthony Anwuka is an in-law to Gov. Rochas Okorocha. his first son is married to Rochas daughter. A professor in his 70s who was sacked as Imo State University VC!’