Patrick Osakwe

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe is a Nigerian senator who represented Delta North Senatorial District in Delta State on the platform of Accord Party. He became a member of the Nigerian Senate in 1999, and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.[1]

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe
Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Delta State
In office
May 1999 – May 2011
Succeeded byArthur Okowa Ifeanyi
ConstituencyDelta North
Personal details
Born (1948-08-11) 11 August 1948 (age 72)
NationalityNigerian
Political partyAccord
ProfessionLegal Practitioner, Politician

BackgroundEdit

Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was born on 11 August 1948. He is from Ugili-Amai in Ndokwa-west L.G.A of Delta State Nigeria. Osakwe obtained a B.Sc, M.Sc, LLB and BL from University of Benin.

Senate careerEdit

Osakwe was elected to the Senate for the Delta North constituency in 1999.[1] In October 2002, when there was a plan 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Sen. Patrick Enebeli Osakwe". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  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. Archived from the original on 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  4. ^ Eddy Odivwri (2003-01-18). "Delta Senatorial Contest: The Actors, the Props". This Day. Archived from the original on 2004-12-27. 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. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  8. ^ Emma Amaize (July 21, 2009). "Six foreign investors indicate interest in Delta". Online Nigeria. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-31.