Felix Kolawole Bajomo

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Felix Kolawole Bajomo
National Senator
In office
May 2007 – May 2011
Succeeded by Akin Babalola Kamar Odunsi
Constituency Ogun West
Personal details
Born 07/01/47
Nationality Nigerian
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Accountant/stockbroker, politician
Religion Christianity

Felix Kolawole Bajomo (Chief Kola Bajomo) is a Nigerian politician who was elected a member of the Senate for the Ogun West constituency of Ogun State in April 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Felix Kolawole Bajomo was born on 7 January 1947. He is a fellow of the Association of Cost and Management Accountants (ACMA) and associate member of the Association of Chartered Stockbrokers (ACS). Before entering politics, he was managing director, Commercial Trust Bank; Executive Director, Union Bank; Executive Director, Savannah Bank, and Chairman of the Federal Housing Authority (2005–2006).[1] He was at one time Chairman of Gateway Hotels.[2] He also held the position of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).[3]

In 2003, Chief Kola Bajomo ran as the Alliance for Democracy candidate for the Ogun West senate seat, but was defeated by Iyabo Anisulowo, former Minister of State for Education between 1995 to 1998 under the Sanni Abacha administration.[4] In January 2005, Bajomo switched to the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[5]

Senator[edit]

Ogun State, Nigeria

In April 2007, he ran for the Senate on the PDP ticket and was elected for the Ogun West constituency. He was appointed to committees on Privatization, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Establishment & Public Service, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions and Appropriation.[1]

In March 2009, he was involved in a scrap between Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel and Ogun senators Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Lekan Mustapha.[6] The dispute dragged on into July, with Yoruba Elders backing Governor Daniel while four representatives and the two senators remained in opposition and failing to attend a meeting when president Yar'Adua visited the state.[7]

In May 2009 Felix Kolawole Bajomo was among ten senators who made a controversial all-expenses-paid trip to Ghana, where they were rumoured to have been influenced by oil companies at a seminar on the Petroleum Industry Bill. The Senate ordered a full investigation into the matter by its Ethics, Code of Conduct and Public Petitions Committee.[8] However, there were delays in issuing the committee report.[9]

In September 2009, he called for the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other economic experts to inject money into the economy. Speaking about initial public offerings (IPOs) before the recent financial crisis, where many people paid inflated prices, he said that the Securities and Exchange Commission should have dealt with those responsible, but not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission unless there was clear evidence of fraud.[3] Earlier he had stated that the N420 billion used by the CBN to bail out five banks did not require appropriation by the National Assembly.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sen. Felix Kolawole Bajomo". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 5 October 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ BROWN CHIMEZIE & DICKSON OKAFOR (17 June 2009). "Obasanjo's tenure, a lesson for others –Senator Bajomo". Daily Sun. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Sufuyan Ojeifo (15 September 2009). "Bajomo – Legitimate Borrowers should not be Harassed by the EFCC". This Day. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Women and 2003: How They Fared". This Day. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bajomo, Ex-AD Senatorial Candidate, Joins PDP". This Day. 17 January 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Jide Ajani And Emmanuel Aziken (11 March 2009). "Ogun Senators Divided on Daniel's Peace Offer". Vanguard. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Kolade Larewaju (6 July 2009). "Ogun crisis: Bigwigs shun Yar’Adua’s visit". Vanguard. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  8. ^ John-Abba Ogbodo and Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (14 May 2009). "Senate probes bribery claims over oil bill". Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Nigeria Senate probe report on Ghana visit under the carpet?". Ghana Business News. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  10. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo (11 September 2009). "Bajomo – Bailout Fund Didn't Need Appropriation". This Day. Retrieved 5 October 2009.