The governor-elect of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has selected Nigeria’s ex-Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, as the head of a transition team comprising of 79 other members in preparation for his takeover from incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, in seven days.
Other 79 members selected by the governor-elect include: Benedict Okey Oramah, Uche Okafor, Pat Utomi, Chidi Odinkalu, Steve Nworga, Osita Chidoka, Ben Nwankwo, Charles Odedo, Tony Ifeanya, Ferdinand Agu, Osita Ogbu, Chikwe Udensi, Greg Ibe, Alex Otti, Coleman Uba, Collins Chikeluba, Chris Okoye, Uche Amazigo, Ikwueto, Olisa Agbakoba, Echezona Etiaba, Offornze Amucheazi, Emeka Ezeh, Leon Mezue, Chike Anyaonu, Evarist Uba, P.C.J Adibe, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Mefor Law, Alex Obiogbolu, Godwin Owoh, Greg Ugochukwu Ezeilo, Epundu Emechebe, Christian Udechukwu, Chinyere Okoye, Don Eze, Chijioke Uwaegbute, Franklin Edochie, Dozie Okpalaobieri, Nkoli Anyaoku, Uche Onwuamaegbu, Innocent Isichei, George Nwangwu, Ikechukwu Nweje, Innocent Okpanum, Henry Arize, Will Fleury, Barrister Udu, Emma Ezenwaji, Phil Phil-Eze,Joe Anatune, Ike Chioke, Ifedioramma Nwana, Emma Onyilofor, Prisca-Anne Nwangwu, Chinwe Jane Okoli, Amaka Obi, Chukwuemeka Agbata, Chinedu Nwoye, Nelson Omenugha, Nkechi Ikediugwu, Ike Uzochukwu, Emeka Okeke, Polycarp Emenike, Godwin Nnadozie, Ifeanyi Okeoma, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, Pat Ubajaka, Okey Ikeanyibe, Charles Onyeagba, Au Nnonyelu, Forster Ihejiofor, Odera Ozoka, ThankGod Ibeh, Sylvia Ifemeje, Kanayo Nwafor, Churchill Okonkwo, Damian Okolo and Chinedu Onyeizugb.
Soludo, an ex-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), who was declared winner of the governorship election in the state was said to have appointed Ezekwesili to chair the team.
As the team leader, the responsibility rested on the shoulders of the former minister will be to lead the team and develop a transition plan which will be implemented to ensure that Soludo’s administration will successfully takeover from his predecessor.
The inauguration of the transition team was said to have been reportedly held on Thursday at Agulu Lake Hotel in Anambra.
As gathered, Ezekwesili, a former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election earned a worldwide reputation as a social justice crusader after she led the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls. The campaign was said to have been launched after 276 Christian female students were abducted on April 15, 2014, by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok town Borno State. In December 2021, she was given an international appointment to become a member of the Board of Directors of Nexford University, Washington D.C., United States.
In the 1990s, she co-founded Transparency International, a civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. In March 2007, Ezekwesili was appointed the vice president of the World Bank.