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Kogi Guber poll: Dino Melaye’s fate shattered as PDP submits Wada’s name to INEC



The party, in a statement upheld Wada as its governorship candidate for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state.

According to the statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, the move followed the findings of the Governorship Elections Appeals Committee set up to take petitions arising from the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship election primaries.

“The report of the Appeal Committee, chaired by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, revealed that out of the 13 aspirants who contested in the Kogi primary, petitions were received from two, namely; Senator Dino Melaye and Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris.

“The committee discovered that some of the votes declared as lost belonged to Senator Dino Melaye, contrary to the 70 votes recorded in his favour by the electoral committee but was not enough to upset Engr. Wada’s winning votes.

“In the case of Abubakar Ibrahim Idris, the Committee noted that contrary to the aspirant’s claims that extraneous ballot papers were used at the primary, the panel confirmed that all the ballot papers used were serially numbered and the declaration made by the electoral committee were in accordance with the serial numbers contained on the ballot papers,” the statement said.

It said no petition was received from any of the aspirants that contested in the Bayelsa state primary where Senator Douye Diri emerged as the party’s governorship candidate.

“Consequently, the PDP has submitted the name of Engr. Musa Wada as its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“The party has also submitted the name of Hon. Samuel Bamidele Aro, a former member of the House of Representatives as running mate to Engr. Wada.” it added.

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By Anietie John Ukpe

“The murky waters of politics?” This rhetorical question summed up Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang’s laconic response in 2013 to the information that there were plans for his son, Udom, to be appointed the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government. A few years earlier he had undertaken the painful duty of the internment of his beloved wife and the void created by her departure was still palpable. Then came the concerning news that his son was about to take a dip in what he considered to be murky waters. Politics was not his forte, as a matter of fact he  had grown to frown at it. Even more bothersome, his son stepping into politics meant stepping away from the comfort and security of his blue chip job as an Executive Director of Zenith Bank. A job which, by his estimation, did not pose as many challenges and vicissitudes as the one he was about to step into.

In retirement, God had blessed Nkanang with the fulfilling spectacle of watching his six children (four sons and two daughters) blossom like trees planted by the riverside. Even more pleasing to him was that they were flying the family banner of integrity and honor in their different careers and people spoke well of them. A man who gave his life, spirit and heart to teaching and to serving God, Teacher Nkanang believed that God had justified the scripture that the children of the righteous cannot beg for bread in his family situation. It was in consideration of this righteous heritage that he thought that stepping into the turbulent waters of politics was antithetical to the basic precepts and values of the family he had nurtured in righteousness as the patriarch.

Elder Nkanang, who passed on in December, 2019 at the ripe age of 90, need not have been worried. His son resolved his fears by explaining and promising him that he would maintain the family honour in his work as the Secretary to the State Government and in politics. He informed the septuagenarian that if the need were to arise, he would quit politics and return to his first love – banking. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel would go ahead to acquit himself creditably as the Secretary to the State Government and, thereafter, got elected the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Elder Nkanang lived long enough to have his initial fears supplanted by pride in his son’s sterling performance as a governor.

What was his reaction when his son was elected governor in 2015? Ekerete Emmanuel, his fourth son and immediate younger brother of Udom, broke the news of Udom’s election to Elder Nkanang: “You are the proud father of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State!” Nkanang did not betray the kind of excitement you would expect of a father receiving such great news. He smiled and said that he had brought up his children to be leaders and he was not too surprised. He said there was a leadership gene passed on to his children from his bosom noting that in his life he was always sought after to lead and he expected his children to lead and lead so well that God will be glorified and man would be satisfied.

Nkanang turned the last page of his storied life of service to mankind by asking to be dressed up in his best cloth at bedtime. He did not wake up the next morning – or to adjust that slightly, he woke up on the other side of eternity. It was a surprise that he did not opt for his usual pajamas that fateful night. It appears that he dressed up to breath his last and make it easier for his remains to be handled. Taken holistically, Nkanang was a man who paid great attention to detail in his life – and he appeared to have also paid great attention to detail in his death. “He would  record the mileage of his motorcycle when leaving the house,” Gabriel, his first son, explained. So tucking himself into this best wear before embarking on an eternal journey to meet his Creator followed the pattern.

Nkanang was born on Monday, May 27, 1929, into a very pious Christian family. Six months after his birth, Nigeria suffered a national calamity when women in the eastern part of the country rose up in arms against the unfair Indirect Tax imposed by the British Colonial Administration. The uprising which is christened in history books as “the Aba Women Riot” claimed the lives of not less than 50 unarmed, hapless women. It actually occurred in the part of the world where Nkanang was born. As he woke up to his world, the rumbles of war shook the entire world as Hitler’s Germany began the preparation for another World War. When he was ten years old, the Second World War began in Europe and Nigeria joined the war on the side of the British Empire. But the strong Christian values of his family insulated him from the effects of war and crisis and he would remain a man of peace for the rest of his life. Not even the Nigerian Civil War which happened when he was in his 30’s could derail his peaceful disposition.

A brilliant student, he was offered instant employment as an auxiliary teacher after his Standard Six Examination. He set his sights on more academic accomplishments and obtained the Royals Society of Arts certificate.  He gained admission to the institution which later became the University of Ibadan but lost his father the same year. A man who placed family before all else he  sacrificed the admission for his family and, as the first born, stepped into the role of a father.

Teaching was not just work for him, it was a calling. He went out of his way to bring wayward children to his home and turn their lives around with prayers, instruction and counsel. “We used to have a lot of people in our house, it was more like a correctional centre. At a point we used to have about eight additional children in our house,” Gabriel, the first son, recalls.

The most dreaded school subject in those days was the almighty mathematics. But Nkanang had a way of teaching mathematics which simplified it and won it a lot of fans. “When my father teaches you mathematics, you cannot fail to like it,” Sylvia, his first daughter, enthuses. Others like Ekerete Udoh, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and Aniefiok Udonquak, confirm how Teacher Nkanang’s approach to mathematics and his love for his pupils impacted on their lives. They described him as a quintessential teacher who was an inspiration to all his pupils. Udoh recalls how he used to insist that all pupils should come to the school assembly every morning prepared to share at short notice. “It kept us on our toes and he even asked me to share once and though I almost pissed in my pants, I ended up doing a pretty good job,” Udoh says with a laugh.

Teacher Nkanang was also a missionary who went about establishing churches and schools all over the country. Where it became imperative, he would sponsor and support the missions he had established. He had an obsession with bringing education to everyone. Confronted with a geographical barrier at Nkan Ide and Ikot Idem Udo communities where a stream separated the two communities, he single-handedly constructed a make-shift bridge so that children would not have any reason not to go to school.

Teacher and Elder Nkanang who now belongs to folklores, fables and legends exchanged banters and pleasantries with everyone and went to bed with a smile. Like the American musician and songwriter, Jordan Smith, says, “When you were born, you were crying and  everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.” This sums up the life and time of Teacher Nkanang who left the world smiling and everyone crying and praying that God will send to this world more men like this great and inspirational teacher.

(Pastor Ukpe is public affairs commentator based in Uyo.)

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GAIM 4 Draws: 12 Winners Emerge In Fidelity Bank’s Promo



L-R: Regional Bank Head, Apapa, Jude Monye; Divisional Head, Operations, & Vice Chairman, Get Alert in Millions Season 4 (GAIM 4) Promo Committee, Martins Izuogbe; Divisional Head, Retail Banking, , Richard Madiebo all from Fidelity Bank Plc at the 2nd Bi- monthly / 4th monthly draw of Get Alert in Millions Promo Season 4 (GAIM 4) in Lagos recently.

Twelve lucky customers have emerged millionaires in the fourth monthly and second bi-monthly draw of the Get Alert in Millions (GAIM) promo season 4.

The electronic raffle draw, which held at the head office in Lagos, was witnessed by the relevant regulatory bodies including the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

The bank, in a clear demonstration of its steadfast commitment to support initiatives that enrich the lives of its loyal customers even in times of economic uncertainties, rewarded lucky customers with cash prizes in the categories of N3 million, N2 million and N1 million.

The winners include, Mojeed Tijani, Uju Ejindu, Adepeju Adepoju, Salisu Mohammed, Imo Amamnkem, Ogboada Adonyeofori, Abonyi Chukwudi, Ngozi Olekanma, Nwankwo Chinonso, Sani Usman, Abraham Said and Akinpelu Emmanuel.

Speaking at the event, the bank’s CEO, Nnamdi Okonkwo noted that the bank had organised nine (9) savings promo in the last 12 years. Okonkwo was represented by the Divisional Head, Operations, Fidelity Bank Plc, Martins Izuogbe.

Whilst stating that a total of N18 million and 18 consolation prizes will be given out in the fourth monthly draw, Okonkwo pointed out that our bank has created viable opportunities for Nigerians to get better return on savings in view of the changing economic landscape.

He said, “Currently, savings gives better yield than other instruments and what we are doing is in line with the CBN’s directive on financial inclusion and create better value for our customers. To this end, we set aside a total of N120 million as gifts to our customers as they participate in this promo.

It is worthy to note that by the end of today’s draw, we would have given out a total of N68 million in cash and 72 consolation prizes of fridges, TV sets and power generating sets to over 123 winners. We expect more winners to emerge in subsequent draws as we still have a total of N52 million and several consolation prizes yet to be won”.

Shedding light on how people can qualify for the draw, the bank’s Divisional Head, Retail Banking, Richard Madiebo, stated that both existing and new customers can win by simply topping their account with N10,000 for existing customers or someone opening a new account and building it up to N20,000.

He further disclosed that to qualify for the star prize of N3 million one needs to build his account to N50,000 while aspiring for the grand prize of N10 million, one only has to grow his account to N200,000.

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Ufot, Akinwunmi, Maduegbuna to bag industry lifetime award at Industry Evening parley



Lolu Akinwunmi

 Three industry giants in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry will be specially recognised for their evergreen outstanding achievements in the last decade at  a special  industry evening parley convened by  Goddie Ofose, one of Nigeria’s top brand analyst.

 The Event holds on March 6, 2020 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos and themed: “Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story”. 

The three industry achievers are Udeme Ufot, CEO/GMD SO&U/former APCON chair, Lolu Akinwunmi, GMD, Prima Garner/former APCON chairman and Nn’Emeka Maduegbuna, CEO, C and F/foremost PR practitioner;

 According to Tolulope Ogunjobi, Chairman Industry Recognition Awards Committee, the  pedigrees of Udeme, Lolu and Nn’Emeka in the advertising and PR industry respectively stood them out though they were few others who merited the laurel but the committee  could only limit itself to 3 most outstanding. .

“We want to congratulate all the winners of the awards and the industry for doing great things in 2019 and the last decade. We believe that this 2020 and the new decade will be greater” he said.

Apart from the three lifetime awards, and the best ad of the decade award that goes to Airtel data is life commercial, 16 other categories will be rewarded for great performances.

Ogunjobi explained that all other recipients were arrived based on key performances during the year under review.

These recipients indeed added something extra to their organisations and their personal career ladder, that is why they were selected among the pool of nominees,

Ogunjobi said, “For instance, we had difficulties arriving at the ad of the decade but  the ad of the decade couldn’t have gone to any other but ‘Airtel Nigeria’s Data is Life’ , so this explains how Airtel’s  ‘Life without Data’  featuring Gabriel Afolayan TVC by Noah’s Ark’ emerged as our ad of the decade:”

Preceding the awards segment is a special interactive summit at the same venue that would be hosted by Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the special guest of Honour at this special event.

The lead paper for the evening will be presented by Mr. Lanre Adisa, chief creative officer, Noah’s Ark Limited. Meanwhile members of the panel who will discuss the Adisa’s paper  include:  Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu, CEO, Frutta Juice and Services; Mr. Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Communications and External Affairs, Access Bank Plc,  Mr. Emeka Oparah, Vice President, CSR and Communications, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, Chief Commercial Officer, Multichoice Nigeria, and Mr. Jaiye Israel Opayemi, chief executive officer, Chain Reactions/ president, Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria,  

Others include Dr. Felix King Eiremiokhae, chief executive officer, Oracle Experience/convener The Startups Africa, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha, acting Registrar/CEO, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mr. Odion Aleobua, CEO, Modion Communications and Mr Lekan Lawal as the moderator for the segment.

The whole package, according to Goddie Ofose, the convener was designed “to bring together industry leaders that I have interacted with over the years in the quest to rev up conversations that will move the Nigerian Marketing and Communications industry forward”.

Ofose also believes with theme of the night -Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story- the speaker, panelists and  all other stakeholders present will explore the overriding engagement benefits derivable in deepening the Nigerian social-cultural content in Advertising.

The programme which is scheduled to be an annual event will attract stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry, corporate organisations, young practitioners and students from selected universities and other higher institutions in the country. 

The Awards Committee Members that picked the winners include Mr. Tolulope Ogunjobi, Business Editor- TVC News who served as chairman, Anietie Udoh, Executive Director, MarketingEdge Magazine, Daniel Obi, Media Editor, BusinessDay Newspaper and Lukman Ishau, Publisher, Marketing Space Magazine

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