Buhari to Inaugurate 18-Man Transition Committee this Week, 85 Years Old Joda Heads Team
President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari has finally short-listed 18 persons across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones, who will make up his transition committee ahead of the May 29 handover date.
The transition committee is to be headed by Malam Ahmed Joda and is made up of three persons each from the six geopolitical zone except the South West which has four.
It is believed that Bola Tinubu’s influence in the APC is largely responsible for the South West exceeding the standard quota of three representatives in each zone.
The committee, according to sources, will be inaugurated on Monday or sometime next week.
Apart from Joda, who has been selected as the chairman and Dr. Doyin Salami as Vice-chairman, the committee also has Malam Adamu Adamu as its secretary.
Other members of the committee according to an exclusive document made available to THISDAY are Mr. 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 Mr. Festus Odimegwu, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Mrs. Nike Aboderin, Mr. Wale Edun, Mrs. Bola Adesola, Barrister Solomon Dalong, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Senator Hadi Sirika and Brig-General Lawal Jafaru Isa.
Aside liaising with government’s committee, the terms of reference also includes studying and working on the handover notes preparatory to May 29.
Earlier on the transition committee, Buhari had told reporters that, “We have started discussing about it. Personally, I will make sure that it is not too big because if it is big, they will start thinking of how to influence the choice of ministers either for themselves or those they want to be ministers.
“But my hope and my idea is to get knowledgeable and experienced technocrats that are really patriotic to study the handing over notes by ministries and make recommendations. I want them to be completely detached people who are patriotic Nigerians; who are knowledgeable and experienced.”