Amaechi Makes GMB's Transition Committee As Joda Leads

Amaechi Makes GMB's Transition Committee As Joda Leads

Nigeria's president-elect General Muhammadu Buhari has finally short-listed 18 people across Nigeria's six geo-political zones who will make up his transition committee ahead of the May 29 handover date.

The committee will be headed by Malam Ahmed Joda, a retired permanent secretary. It will be made up of three people from each of the six geo-political zones, sources said. The South-west however has more representation (four people).

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Sources hinted that apart from Buhari who decided the choice of people selected across the zones, Tinubu also had a major and significant input into the list, in addition to also exceeding the regional quota of three people per zone.

The committee, which will be inaugurated on Monday or sometime next week, comes with terms of reference for members, the chief of which is liaising with members of the committee put together by the Jonathan administration for a smooth handover.

Apart from Joda, who has been selected as the chairman and Dr. Doyin Salami of the Lagos Business School as vice chairman, the committee also has Malam Adamu Adamu as its secretary.

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Other members of the committee, according to a document exclusively made available to This Day, are Boss Mustapha, Malam Muhammad Hayatuddin, Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN), Dr. Tam David West, Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Chief John Oyegun.

Also on the list are Festus Odimegwu, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Nike Aboderin, Wale Edun, Bola Adesola, Barrister Solomon Dalong, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Senator Hadi Sirika and Brig-General Lawal Jafaru Isa.

Aside from liaising with the government's committee, the terms of reference also includes studying and working on the handover notes preparatory to May 29.

Other terms include designing the blueprint that would assist the Buhari government take off smoothly with a clear understanding of the challenges at hand.

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Buhari yesterday held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential villa in Aso Rock, Abuja.


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