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Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 6:48pm On Nov 17, 2014
Please Meet Sam.
Sam Nda-Isaiah is the founder of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group and currently a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). His Monday column in LEADERSHIP under the combined titles of "Last Word" and "Earshot", which he started in Daily Trust before the establishment of LEADERSHIP, is one of the most popular columns in Nigeria. Through this column, he has firmly established himself as a pro-good governance exponent. Early versions of his articles, now distilled into a book entitled “NIGERIA: FULL DISCLOSURE”, are a compelling narrative on the audacity of the Nigerian paradox. His articles usually dwell on politics, the economy and global affairs. Many consider him a pundit on statecraft and geopolitics because he has advocated a new direction to governance that can move Nigeria from a Third World country to a First World nation.

Born in Minna on May 1, 1962, he attended Christ Church School, Katsina Road, Kaduna, between 1968 and 1974; Government College, Kaduna, 1974–1979; and the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, 1979-1983. While at Government College, Kaduna, he led the school to win the Kaduna State Schools Challenge – a quiz competition among all secondary schools in the then Kaduna State (now comprising Kaduna and Katsina states). At the University of Ife, he was the national editor-in-chief of the "Student Pharmacist", the official publication of all the pharmacy schools in Nigeria. On graduating as a pharmacist, Sam worked at the Minna General Hospital, after a stint at the Kano Specialist Hospital. He did his NYSC at the General Hospital, Ilawe Ekiti, and the State Hospital, Ikere Ekiti, both in Ekiti State, in 1984. In 1985, he joined Pfizer Products Limited where he worked until 1989. He resigned and launched into serial entrepreneurship.

Sam was a member of the Daily Trust Editorial Board as well as a member of the committee appointed by the Kano State Government to revive The Triumph, the state-owned newspaper.

His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish the LEADERSHIP Group in 2003 with less than N1million. He started with LEADERSHIP CONFIDENTIAL, a subscription-only authoritative and elitist newsletter. It was successful. A year later, he started LEADERSHIP, first as a weekly newspaper, after launching “NIGERIA: FULL DISCLOSURE”, a compilation of his articles. The launch raised about N17 million, a sum that was not nearly enough to rent a good office in Abuja much less start a newspaper, but he forged ahead to start LEADERSHIP. Sam has often said that his credo is “Know your limits, then ignore it”. That must have guided his actions in starting a national newspaper with that kind of amount. Today, the LEADERSHIP GROUP is made up of LEADERSHIP, LEADERSHIP FRIDAY, LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, LEADERSHIP HAUSA, GOVERNMENT and LEADERSHIP.NG. Until recently, he was also the chairman of Leadership Holdings Ltd, Lease Praxis Ltd, Oakhouse Forte Ltd, Banana Republic Ltd, Allan Woods Ltd (an education company modeled after the Washington Post Company), Free Press Ltd, Clayfields and Harrow Ltd, The Outsource Company Ltd, Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services Limited (a subsidiary of Integrat South Africa), Grayston 77 Limited, PPSG Group, Robertsham Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Leadership House Ltd, the investment company. He was a director of MAP Plc, Empire Securities Ltd, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Nupe Foundation.

The shift of global economic power from the West to the East has engaged Sam’s interest. He is a member of the Asian think-tank, the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) based in Hong Kong, an association that has taken him to numerous brainstorming sessions in Singapore, China, India and Hong Kong in search of solutions to today’s global problems and the promise for tomorrow. Sam is an alumnus of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore and also of the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, New York.

The proprietor of LEADERSHIP Newspapers is also a member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the Vienna-based International Press Institute, a member of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and an executive member of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Edusoko University, Bida, and of the newly reconstituted Heritage University in Kaduna.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 6:49pm On Nov 17, 2014
In 2002, he and a few others of like minds and tendencies formed The Buhari Organisation (TBO) to promote General Muhammadu Buhari’s aspiration to the presidency and he was appointed deputy director-general. Sam fondly refers to General Buhari as his model and political leader. The TBO was an organization within the ANPP then. He was also a foundation member of the CPC before the fusion into APC. Sam has always belonged to the progressive tendency that has been in opposition since 1999. He was the first to start advocating publicly that Nigerian opposition parties must fuse in order to form a common front to wrest power from the PDP in the interest of the nation. Sam believes in rallying a national alliance for political outreach; that is why, as a chieftain of the APC, he has consistently advocated the unity of the nation as a precursor of development. As a presidential aspirant in the 2015 election, he campaigns on the platform of unifying the nation, security and safety for its citizens and big ideas that would change the course of the nation’s history.

In 2011, he was conferred with the traditional title of Kakaki Nupe by Etsu Nupe His Highness Dr Yahaya Abubakar, CFR. At the turbaning ceremony, the Sultan of Sokoto sent him a special gift of a horse. This was a rare honour. He was the only one of the 11 title recipients that received the Sultan’s gift on that day. He is also the Jakadan Potiskum, a title conferred on him by the Mai Potiskum, Alhaji Umar Ibn Bubaram. In 2013, he was conferred with Ugwumba Ndigbo by the Igbo community in Abuja. He has received the Nupe Kingdom Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.

Sam Nda-Isaiah is a senior member of the International Praise Cathedral and he was a founder of the Praise Business Fellowship. In 1995, he delivered the first keynote address at the launch of the School of Church Growth and Practical Ministry (SOCAP) of the International Praise Cathedral, Kaduna. In 2013, he presented the Review of the Synod Presidential Address delivered by Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon at the 19th Synod of the Anglican Communion in Kaduna. He also delivered the Professor Marquis Annual Lecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University in May 2013 and was conferred with the Grand Commander of Great Ife, the highest honour conferred by the Ife Alumni on its members; there are fewer than 20 such recipients in the world today. He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).

Sam is married to Zainab and they are blessed with four children.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by donmalcolm21(m): 6:54pm On Nov 17, 2014
He is there to make up the numbers
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by ULSHERLAN(m): 7:04pm On Nov 17, 2014
At least he was given a fair chance to compete instead of lipsrsealed
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 7:09pm On Nov 17, 2014
ULSHERLAN:
At least he was given a fair chance to compete instead of lipsrsealed
To Humor him you mean?
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by Nobody: 7:09pm On Nov 17, 2014
He seems to be the only way Fashola can be picked as Vice President being a Christian from the north. If only the Yorubas in APC will project him so as their own will emerge as VP. God bless Nigeria.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by watchingin3D: 7:21pm On Nov 17, 2014
myhoodlink:
He seems to be the only way Fashola can be picked as Vice President being a Christian from the north. If only the Yorubas in APC will project him so as their own will emerge as VP. God bless Nigeria.
I guess Christians are only good for deputies in that party.Maybe it's the parties stance for the presidency.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by raumdeuter: 7:25pm On Nov 17, 2014
Can his Nda-Isaiah win his own state in an election?

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Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by Nobody: 7:46pm On Nov 17, 2014
raumdeuter:
Can his Nda-Isaiah win his own state in an election?
Dont mind the PDP charlatans who just come online to mouth-off gibberish in the name of political analyses without any iota of intelligence
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by raumdeuter: 7:48pm On Nov 17, 2014
soroptimist:

Dont mind the PDP charlatans who just come online to mouth-off gibberish in the name of political analyses without any iota of intelligence

I know their type, I'm already dealing with him here

https://www.nairaland.com/2001812/6-gladiators-apc-picks-vice-presidential/1
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 7:55pm On Nov 17, 2014
raumdeuter:


I know their type, I'm already dealing with him here

https://www.nairaland.com/2001812/6-gladiators-apc-picks-vice-presidential/1
I appreciate that.Tnx
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by watchingin3D: 5:34am On Nov 18, 2014
Compare Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari (born December 17, 1942) is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and a former military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government. He also ran unsuccessfully for the office of the President of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections. His ethnic background is Fulani, and his faith is Islam; he is a native of Daura in Katsina State of Nigeria.
In the face of the austerity measures, worsening economic conditions
, and continued widespread corruption (this is questionable as corruption was said to have been at its lowest ebb in the Buhari/Idiagbon regime), Buhari was himself overthrown in a coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) on August 27, 1985. Babangida brought many of Buhari's most vocal critics into his administration, including Fela Kuti's brother[b] Olukoye Ransome-Kuti, a doctor who had led a strike against Buhari to protest declining health care services[/b]. Buhari was then detained in Benin City until 1988.

Buhari's admirers believe that he was overthrown by corrupt elements in his government who were afraid of being brought to justice as his policies were beginning to yield tangible dividends in terms of public discipline, curbing corruption, lowering inflation, enhancing workforce and improving productivity.

Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of General Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country. A 1998 report in New African praised the PTF under Buhari for its transparency, calling it a rare "success story".However, the same report also noted that critics had questioned the PTF's allocation of 20% of its resources to the military, which the critics feared would not be accountable for the revenue
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by watchingin3D: 5:42am On Nov 18, 2014
In 2011,He was running on an anti-corruption platform and pledged to remove immunity protections from government officials.He also gave support to enforcement of Sharia law in Nigeria's northern states, which had previously caused him political difficulties among Christian voters in the country's south.However, he remains a "folk hero" to some for his vocal opposition to corruption.Buhari won 12,214,853 votes, coming second to the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP, who polled 22,495,187 votes and was declared the winner.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by watchingin3D: 5:46am On Nov 18, 2014
On 18 December 2006, Gen. Buhari was nominated as the consensus candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party. His main challenger in the April 2007 polls was the ruling PDP candidate, Umaru Yar'Adua, who hailed from the same home state of Katsina. In the election, Buhari officially took 18% of the vote against 70% for Yar'Adua, but Buhari rejected these results.After Yar'Adua took office, the ANPP agreed to join his government, but Buhari denounced this agreement
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 5:55am On Nov 18, 2014
I'm interested in what his reaction was whenever a fellow Northern muslim won or is involved in a matter.For example,when Yaradua admitted the election that brought him to power was flawed.How did Buhari react?Did Baboons bathe in Blood?
Or in the case of the take-over in 1984,what did he do to Shagari?
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 6:00am On Nov 18, 2014
How did he handle the 53 suitcases?Who was involved?
Was his anti-corruption fight selective?
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/03/53-suitcases-saga-buhari-blasts-atiku-jonathan/
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by derecho(m): 6:09am On Nov 18, 2014
If Tinubu had been a christian with the load of allegations,will Buhari associate with him?Or How will he handle Tinubu,if he wins?He had always acted as if he only associates with men of probity.
Re: Has Sam Nda Isaiah Any Chance In APC? by watchingin3D: 6:15am On Nov 18, 2014
It's called desperation

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