Femi Okurounmu

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Femi Okurounmu
Senator for Ogun Central
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Succeeded by Ibikunle Amosun
Personal details
Born Ogun State, Nigeria

Femi Okurounmu was elected Senator for the Ogun Central constituency of Ogun State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform. He held office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003.[1]

Okurounmu was earlier Commissioner of the Ogun State Ministry of Works.[2] After taking his seat in the Senate in 1999, Okurounmu was appointed to committees on Commerce and Economic Affairs.[3] He ran for reelection in 2003, but was defeated by Alhaji Ibikunle Amosun of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) by 52,390 to 111,920 votes.[4]

Okurounmu was appointed Secretary General of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere. In January 2005 he was chairman of the logistics committee for a conference including Leaders of both the Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders, who had been in dispute since 1999.[5] During a February 2006 public hearing on amendments to the constitution which would allow President Olusegun Obasanjo to run for a third term, Okurounmu presented the position of the Afenifere faction led by Rueben Fasoranti, stating that the country should still maintain two terms of four years.[6] He dissociated the Yoruba from Obasanjo's third term agenda, saying it was the work of the President and the PDP.[7]

In July 2008 Okurounmu blamed the unrest in the southwest of Nigeria on the politics of self-aggrandizement and selfishness, where politicians seek power only to serve themselves.[8] In January 2009 he said that Afenifere membership was open to all, regardless of political party affiliation, as long as they believe in the Afenifere and Awoist credo.[9] In May 2010 he said that the zoning arrangement in the PDP by which presidents alternate between South and North every two terms was ridiculous, and supported the right of Goodluck Jonathan to seek reelection.[10]

In January 2010 Okurounmu, called Baba Ijo (father of the congregation) of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Sodubi, Abeokuta, had reportedly led a revolt of some of the church elders against the presiding Priest. Aggrieved youths sealed off the church gates to prevent worshipers attending the Sunday Service, threatening to lynch Okurounmu, and 15 police had to intervene to prevent the situation from becoming violent.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 20 FEBRUARY AND 7 MARCH 1999". Psephos. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ Bankole Okuwa Ph.D (September 16, 2008). "POLITICAL UNREST IN OGUN STATE". NigeriaWorld. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Congressional Committees". Nigeria Congress. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  4. ^ Toba Suleiman. "Ogun AD Candidates Lose Bid for Senate". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ Clifford Ndujihe (January 24, 2005). "National Conference: Glimpses of a likely Yoruba agenda". The Guardian. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  6. ^ Semiu Okanlawon and Tunde Odesola (February 27, 2006). "Public hearing: A medium for third term agenda". The Punch. Retrieved 2010-06-20. [dead link]
  7. ^ Niyi Odebode (February 27, 2006). "Okurounmu faults govs on constitution review". The Punch. Retrieved 2010-06-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ AUGUSTINE AVWODE (July 20, 2008). "AC, PDP killing South-West— Okurounmu". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  9. ^ OLUSOLA BALOGUN (January 25, 2009). "Ekaette can't lead Niger Delta Ministry — Okurounmu". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  10. ^ "2011: JONATHAN CAN CONTEST —OKUROUNMU, IJAW GROUP". The Nigerian Voice News. May 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  11. ^ {{cite web On 1 October 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Femi Okurounmu the head of an advisory committee to prepare for a National Dialogue. |url=http://www.compassnewspaper.com/NG/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38271:anglican-church-crisis-okurounmu-escapes-lynching&catid=43:news&Itemid=799 |title=Anglican Church crisis: Okurounmu escapes lynching |date=10 JANUARY 2010 |author=KUNLE OLAYENI |work=Nigerian Compass |accessdate=2010-06-20}}



On 1 October 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Femi Okurounmu the head of an advisory committee to prepare for a National Dialogue.