#RoadTo2023 Spotlight: Profile of Kenechukwu Ugwu Nnamani | Presidential Series

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Editor’s Note: With prominent politicians declaring their presidential ambition daily, the race for President Muhammadu Buhari‘s successor in 2023 continues to heat up. 

Across the two mega parties, aspirants have since the beginning of this pre-election year continued to traverse the length and breadth of the country consulting the ‘who is who in the political circle’ over their ambition.

As it has become synonymous with Nigeria’s political history, the race to succeed an incumbent as we last saw in 2006 towards the end of President Olusegun Obasanjo‘s tenure; is always an intriguing run and no one can tell how the entire jostle will end.

Living up to history, this season’s race is filled with the biggest names in the land and with the recent amendment to the Electoral Act signed by President Buhari in February 2022, the parties will be holding their primaries far earlier than in previous years.

Compared to previous electoral cycles also, the political parties and their flagbearers will be given up to six months for the electioneering campaigns. Already the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed its own primaries for the 30th and 31st of May 2022, while that of its major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is slated for May 29th and 30th 2022.

At OrderPaper, in a bid to help our readers make informed choices ultimately and true to our mandate of educating you on the institution of parliament as well as key developments in the polity, we are beaming the spotlight on former and serving lawmakers seeking the exalted office.

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This week, the spotlight is on a Presidential Aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Senate President in the 5th National Assembly.

He is Kenechukwu Ugwu Nnamani (73 years)

LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

  • Senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District (1998- 1999)

    United Nigerian Congress Party (UNCP)
  • Senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District (2003- 2007)

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Chairman, Committee on Federal Character & Governmental Affairs
  • Senate President, 5th National Assembly (2005-2007)

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • One of the first-term Senators to have ever been elected Senate president in the history of the National Assembly.
  • Presided over the Constitutional process that truncated the alleged third term bid of then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
  • Received the Role Model Award in the fight against corruption 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in conjunction with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
  • First Nigerian to receive the New York-based Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) Award in 2007.

POLITICAL PROFILE

  • Member, Board of Trustees (BoT)

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Member, Board of Trustees (BoT)

    All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), South East

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Founded the Ken Nnamani Center for Leadership and Development 6th  May 2008.

CONTROVERSY

  • Accused of trading the position of National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned to the South East for his ambition of becoming  Deputy National Chairman of the party.
  • Criticised for leading the 2021 Governorship Campaign Team of Senator Andy Uba, Obasanjo’s Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters who was his bag-man for a Third Term agenda.
  • Criticised for his silence about killings in different parts of the South East.

EXECUTIVE PROFILE

  • Member, Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)

    All Progressives Congress (APC)

CONTROVERSY

  • Accused of trading the position of National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned to the South East for his unsuccessful ambition to become  Deputy National Chairman of the party.

SOURCE: LAGOS HERALD

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