Patrick Osakwe

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Patrick Enebeli Osakwe
National Senator
In office
May 1999 – May 2011
Succeeded by Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi
Constituency Delta North
Personal details
Born (1948-08-11) 11 August 1948 (age 66)
Political party Accord
Profession Legal Practitioner, Politician

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe is a Nigerian senator who represents the Accord party in Delta State. He became a member of the Nigerian Senate in 1999, and was reelected in 2003 and 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was born on 11 August 1948. He obtained a B.Sc, M.Sc, LLB, BL, University of Benin.[1]

Senate career[edit]

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was elected to the National Senate for the Delta North constituency in 1999.[1] In October 2002, when there was a movement to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo, he said that senators should not sign the impeachment document without first consulting their electorates.[2] Shortly before the April 2003 elections, Osakwe denied being among the senators who endorsed the amendment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Act.[3]

He was reelected in 2003 as candidate for the People's Democratic Party (PDP), despite a poor reputation for contributing to debates or motions in the upper chamber.[4] He was elected again in 2007 representing the Accord party. He was appointed to committees on Gas, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions, Appropriation, Niger Delta and Senate Services.[1]

In a January 2008 debate over the proposed Freedom of Information Bill, Osakwe asked why the bill was not signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He noted that the act had to comply with the Official Secrets Act.[5]

In May, 2008 the Election Petition Tribunal in Asaba struck out a petition against the election of the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Patrick Osakwe.[6] The PDP candidate Mirian Comfort Ali had asserted that the Accord party did not validly present Patrick Osakwe as candidate for the election.[7]

In July 2009, Osakwe, Deputy Chairman of the Senate committee on Gas, condemned the "over involvement" of the Federal Government in the oil and gas sector at a Delta State meeting to discuss the National Gas Master Plan.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sen. Patrick Enebeli Osakwe". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-10-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ Sola Adebayo (October 2, 2002). "Senator Osakwe Tasks MPs Over Obasanjo's Impeachment". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  3. ^ Jaiyeoba Andrew (2003-03-20). "Osakwe Denies Involvement in ICPC Bill Passage". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  4. ^ Eddy Odivwri (2003-01-18). "Delta Senatorial Contest: The Actors, the Props". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  5. ^ "FOI Bill Moves Ahead in the Senate". Media Rights Agenda. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Tribunal Upholds Uduaghan, Osakwe's Election". This Day. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Tribunal dismises Ali’s petition against Sen Osakwe". Nigerian Observer. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  8. ^ Emma Amaize (July 21, 2009). "Six foreign investors indicate interest in Delta". Online Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-10-31.