Ministerial Screening: Senator Dave Umahi | Nominee with legislative background

Olamilekan Quadri AlimiAugust 1, 20233 min

In this part of our series on President Bola Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees with legislative background, the focus is on Senator David Umahi; a serving Senator and nominee from Ebonyi State 


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Sixty-year-old Senator David Umahi is one of ten nominees sent by President Bola Tinubu for screening and possible confirmation by the National Assembly.

According to Section 147 (2), any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.

In the event that Senator Umahi’s nomination as Minister is confirmed by the Senate on behalf of the National Assembly, he would be joining a long list of the President’s men and women with legislative background. Interestingly, this includes the President, Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as well as the First Lady.

What then is Senator Umahi’s profile in politics, in the legislature and the executive arm of government which he is seeking a return to?


Born: 25 July, 1963


1.  First School Leaving Certificate (1971 -1977)

      Umunaga Primary School, Uburu, Ebonyi

2.   Senior Secondary School Certificate (1978 – 1979)

      Ishiagu High School, Ebonyi

      Government Secondary School, Afikpo, Ebonyi

3.   Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (1982 -1987)

      Enugu State University of Science and Technology

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Legislative Experience

1.  Senator, Ebonyi South Senatorial District (2023 till date)
All Progressives Congress (APC)

2.  Deputy Leader of the Senate (June 2023)
     Tenth National Assembly




Executive Experience

1.  Deputy Governor, Ebonyi State Government (2011-2015)
Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) 

2.  Governor, Ebonyi State (2015-2023)
      Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
All Progressives Congress (APC)


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 Political Experience:

1.  Caretaker Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party (2007 – 2008)
Ebonyi State

2.  Chairman, South East Governors Forum

3.  Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party (2008 – 2011)
Ebonyi State

4.   Chairman, Governing Board 
Federal Medical Centre, Asaba


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Olamilekan Quadri Alimi

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