Anambra State’s governor-elect, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has appointed former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, as the Chairperson of his Transition Committee.
The newly constituted Transition Committee is expected to ensure seamless transfer of power from the outgoing administration of Governor Willie Obiano and midwife the swearing-in of Chukwuma Soludo as governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2022.
According to media reports, this is contained in a list released by the media aide to Soludo, Joe Anatume, which comprised 80 prominent Nigerians who will play diverse roles.
Apart from Oby Ezekwesili, who will be heading the committee, other members of the committee include Professor Pat Utomi, Professor Benedict Oramah, Osita Chidoka, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, Dr Alex Otti, Professor Osita Ogbu, Mr Ferdinand Agu, among many others.
What Soludo’s media aide is saying
Anatume, in the press release which contained the full names of members, stated that the inauguration of the committee would commence on January 19 and last till January 23, 2022.
The statement reads, “This is to announce the constitution of a Transition Committee which will liaise with a team set up by the government of Anambra State to ensure a seamless transition from the Governor Willie Obiano’s administration to a Chukwuma Charles Soludo-led administration as from 17th March, 2022.
“The full terms of reference for the committee, as well as its mode of operation, will be communicated during the inauguration/first plenary sessions scheduled for 19- 22nd January, 2022 at the Golden Tulip (Agulu Lake) Hotel, Anambra State.
“Members are expected to arrive on Wednesday, 19th while the inauguration and first plenary sessions start on the 20th. Departure is on the 23rd. The Secretariat will take care of the logistics (transport and accommodation), etc.’’
What you should know
Recall that Chukwuma Soludo, who was the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) between 2004 and 2009, was declared winner of Anambra governorship election on November 6, 2021, after a supplementary election was held in Ihiala local government area of the state.
Soludo, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won with 112,229 votes beating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 43,285 votes, while Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) polled 21,261 votes came fourth.