Mr. Osita’s nomination finally closes another chapter by former governor Peter Obi’s quest to replace Oduah as aviation minister.
A letter sent to the Nigerian Senate about Osita’s nomination will be read on the floor of the senate later today.
There are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan has sent to the Senate, the name of Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Osita Chidoka, to be considered as the new Aviation Minister.
Chidoka, if cleared, would replace Stella Oduah for the Anambra state slot.
Since Oduah’s exit from the Jonathan cabinet in February Anambra has been without a Minister representing it in the cabinet. The delay in replacing Oduah was as a result of some disagreements between interest groups in Anambra politics (former governor Peter Obi’s quest).
We learnt that although Jonathan had favored the immediate past governor of the state and member of the rival All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Peter Obi for appointment as Minister, some Anambra politicians especially members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP did not like it.
This group even used newspaper advertorials to trash the decision by the state chapter of the party to nominate the former governor for ministerial position.
The Anambra state working committee of the PDP led by Kenneth Emekanyi had recommended Obi after its 98th meeting and hinged its action on the ex-governor’s superlative performance in office as well as his wide acceptability.
But a petition to the National Working Committee of the PDP signed by Mike Okeke on behalf of a section of the party in the state accused Emeakayi of anti-party activities for .
Presidency’s sources said that the President Jonathan settled for Chidoka so as to to douse the tension being generated in Anambra over who gets the state’s slot in the federal cabinet. Apart from Obi, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Austria, Jerry Ugokwe has also been severally linked with a ministerial position to replace Oduah.