By Abiodun Alade
The list of 21 nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Bukola Saraki-led Senate comprised of three women, four former senators and five former governors with an average age of 53. Vanguard takes a look at the oldest nominee, Audu Ogbeh and the youngest, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Kemi Adeosun is also 48 but a month older than Malami.
Audu Innocent Ogbeh (68)
Ogbeh was born on July 28, 1947, in Otukpo, Benue State, of Idoma background. He attended King’s College, Lagos (1967 – 1968), then studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1969 – 1972) and the University of Toulouse, France (1973 – 1974).
He lectured at the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1972 – 1976) and headed the Department of Humanities, Murtala College of Arts, Science and Technology (1977 – 1979).
In 1979 he ran for office in the Benue State House of Assembly on the Platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), becoming deputy speaker of the house.
In 1982 he was appointed Federal Minister of Communications, and later became Minister of Steel Development. His term of office ended in December 1983 when a military coup brought Major-General Muhammadu Buhari to power.
In 2001 he was appointed National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), replacing Chief Barnabas Gemade. He held this position until January 2005, when he was forced to resign due to his criticism of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s handling of a crisis in Anambra State.
Talking to reporters, however, Ogbeh claimed that he resigned only to avoid conflict within the party, and due to a desire to return to farming
In December 2005, Ogbeh formally resigned from the PDP. As of 2009, he was chairman and managing director, Efugo Farms, Makurdi, and a member of Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships Incorporated, based in Philadelphia, United States of America
Abubakar Malami, SAN (48)
He was born in Birnin Kebbi of Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State on 17th April, 1967 to Late Hon. Khadi Malami Nasarawa and his loving wife Halima Malami. Attended Nassarawa Primary School Birnin Kebbi (1973 – 1979), College of Arts and Arabic Studies (1979-1984), College of Legal and Islamic Studies Sokoto (1984-1987), Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (1987-1991)Nigerian Law School , Lagos (1992)University of Maiduguri where he earned Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) in 1994.
Abubakar has an impressive venture in the political arena. As politician Abubakar rose to become the:-National Legal Adviser of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
Chairman Legal Team of the CPC Presidential Campaign Organization, 2011
Member of the PDP Legal Team for Election Petition, 2003
Member Kano State Local Government Election Tribunal, 2004
Resource Person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the CPC, ACN & ANPP towards the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 2013.
He was an aspirant for the office of Governor of Kebbi State in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, but lost the ticket to Atiku Bagudu.