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3 Best Senators from Imo State


Chris Anyanwu

Christiana "Chris" Anyanwu MFR (born 28 October 1951) is a Nigerian journalist, publisher, author, and politician. She was imprisoned from 1995 to 1998 for treason after reporting on a failed coup d'état against the government of Sani Abacha, and won several international journalism prizes during her confinement, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Believing that she could make more of an impact in politics than in journalism, Anyanwu ran for office and was elected Senator for the Imo East (Owerri) constituency in 2007.

Osita Izunaso

Osita B. Izunaso (born 30 October 1966) was elected Senator for the Imo West (Orlu) constituency of Imo State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Izunaso obtained a BA (Hons) from the University of Jos (1989), a post-graduate degree in Journalism from the University of Abuja (1998) and an MBA from the University of Calabar (2002). He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and again in 1999, and was appointed Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker and Senate President. He was Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Youth and Sports (1995–1997) and was Minister of Labour & Productivity (1998–1999).

After taking his seat in the Senate he was appointed to committees on Rules & Business, Local and Foreign Debts, Housing, Gas, Foreign Affairs and Sports. In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that he had sponsored bills for the Conveyance of Persons in Articulated Vehicles Bill, Treatment and Care of Victims of Conflict, National Agency for the Promotion and Preservation of Local Languages in Nigeria and Amendment of the Oil Pipelines Act Amendment. He contributed to plenary debates and was active in committees. As Chairman of the Committee on Gas he was responsible for a controversial investigation into an alleged huge increase in the contract sum of the Escravos GTL project from $1.7 billion to $5.9 billion.

Early in 2009 there were moves to recall Izunaso, with a petition submitted by people of the Orlu Senatorial District of Imo state to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu dismissed the threats as baseless, pointing to the excellent work the Senator had done for the people of the state. Both Izunaso and Ekweremadu were part of a lobby group opposed to dismissal of INEC chairman Professor Maurice Iwu despite the many problems of the 2007 elections. Izunaso's support for Imo may have been because Imo was responsible for conduct of the referendum on Izunaso's recall.

Sylvester Anyanwu

Sylvester Udubuisi Anyanwu (born 26 May 1951) was elected Senator for the Imo North (Okigwe) constituency of Imo State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Anyanwu obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting, economics and a master's degree in business administration (finance). He worked as a banker abroad for many years before returning to Nigeria. He served as a youth corps member at the Nigeria Customs Service, and later joined the military. Subsequently, he served as Commissioner For Commerce And Industry, Imo State and Chairman of the Nkalagu Cement Factory.

After taking his seat in the Senate he was appointed to committees on States & Local Government, Science & Technology, Public Accounts, Niger Delta and Communications (Chairman). In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay gave him an "average" score, noting that he had sponsored a bill to establish the Institute of Treasury Management and had been active in the Communications Committee. Talking of Imo State, and Nigeria in general, in a May 2010 interview he said that in the forthcoming 2011 elections any senator, governor or local government chairman seeking reelection must be able to point at things they had achieved. He identified provision of power and improvements in security as primary issues.

 


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