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Career / Oke Umurhohwo Named Among Brandcom’s 35 Under 35 Marketing Professionals 2023 by Tabithatim: 4:25am On Nov 06
Oke Umurhohwo, the Marketing Manager (West Africa 1) at itel Mobile, was named one of the “35 Under 35” marketing professionals at the prestigious Brandcom Awards held at The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Saturday, November 4, 2023. This recognition highlights his outstanding contributions to the field of marketing.

With an impressive marketing career spanning over 10 years, Oke Umurhohwo has been at the forefront of driving marketing strategies and brand development for itel Mobile, a leading mobile phone brand in Nigeria. His exceptional leadership and strategic acumen have contributed significantly to the brand’s success and rapid growth across the West African region.

In his role as the Marketing Manager (West Africa 1) for itel Mobile, Oke has spearheaded several groundbreaking initiatives that have elevated the brand’s presence and reputation in the market. His prowess in developing strategic marketing plans has been instrumental in facilitating itel Mobile’s successful product launches across diverse market segments. By reaching new customers and sustaining brand loyalty, he has played a pivotal role in driving substantial growth in sales for the brand.

The Brandcom Awards, known as Nigeria’s most prestigious recognition platform for Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), celebrates exceptional brands, organizations, and marketing communications professionals each year. The “35 Under 35” category specifically acknowledges the contributions of young and dynamic individuals in the IMC industry.

Joshua Ajayi, the Convener of Brandcom Awards and the publisher of Brand Communicator, explained the significance of this category, stating, “The integrated marketing communications industry is vast and continuously evolving, driven by the relentless efforts of young and versatile professionals. These individuals often go unnoticed or underappreciated for their valuable contributions. It was for this reason that we introduced the ’35 Under 35′ category last year, and in 2023, we received over 23,000 nominations, underscoring the wealth of talent within the industry.”

In his response to the award, Oke Umurhohwo expressed his humility and gratitude, saying, “To be considered worthy of this honour in a field filled with brilliant minds is a humbling experience. I extend my gratitude to Brand Communicator for recognizing the effort I have invested in ensuring consistent productivity and organizational excellence over the years. This award serves as a call to young professionals in the marketing industry, urging them to relentlessly pursue innovative ideas and drive the desire for positive change.”

Oke Umurhohwo’s commitment to innovative marketing strategies and leadership have contributed to itel Mobile’s significant presence in Nigeria and the broader West African region.

The Brandcom Awards have a tradition of honoring marketing professionals who have made exceptional contributions to the industry, and this recognition reaffirms Oke Umurhohwo’s dedication to driving itel Mobile’s success in the West African market.


Politics / Emefiele Suspended Over $1 Billion Transaction Allegedly Linked To Dangote by Tabithatim: 6:40pm On Jun 10
In a shocking development, the Nigerian Federal Government has suspended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele. Sources reveal that Emefiele was arrested in Lagos by the Department of State Services (DSS) on June 10 and flown to Abuja for questioning which the security agency has now confirmed.

The suspension is reportedly tied to a staggering $1 billion scandal that unfolded just before the Presidential inauguration.

This newspaper learned that Suspicions arose after Emefiele’s borrowing of $1 billion from Afrexim Bank on April 24, 2023 after the elections, during preparations for the May 29 inauguration.

Shockingly, within two days of receiving the money, $750 million was swiftly transferred to Aliko Dangote’s Dubai accounts using a ‘Form A’.

It is alleged that the President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was kept in the dark about this transaction.

Sources within the CBN claim that Emefiele sold dollars to Dangote at an unbelievably low rate of 445 Naira to the dollar. 1 billion dollars was received from Afrexim Bank into the CBN’s JP Morgan account on April 24, 2023, out of which 750 million dollars was immediately transferred to Dangote’s Bluestar Dubai account within two days using the “Form A” transaction method, bypassing the requirement of a Letter of Credit.

Bluestar has had ties to Dangote since 2007.

While some CBN officials raised concerns about these transactions, the revelation highlights the potential for money laundering and illicit activities within Nigeria’s financial system, tarnishing the CBN’s integrity under Emefiele’s leadership.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the President took decisive action by suspending Emefiele and ordering a thorough investigation.


Politics / Ekiti: Confusion Rocks PDP, As Ayeni Group Endorsed Bimbo Daramola. by Tabithatim: 8:33am On Feb 21
In what looks like jokes, Posters of Funsho Ayeni and Bimbo Daramola has been seen flying around internet as means of endorsement of Bimbo A Social Democratic Party candidate.

This is a result that Ayeni who was formerly suspended for Anti-Party but now reinstated by the PDP has Abandoned the aggrieved Osoko political Family group whom the Atiku presidential committee has demystified their leader, Fayose and other politicians leaning on their tenets.

As a result of this infighting of Osoko group and Ayeni group , The PDP group loyal to Ayeni has shifted their allegiance from the PDP House of Representatives candidate Yinka Akerele in Ekiti North 1 to Hon. Bimbo Daramola of SDP.
In reaction to this, the Osoko Political Family has tagged Ayeni A betrayal for despising Fayose, a man who gave him Pdp ticket at alacarte, they promised to fight back and fight dirty.

We are on Watch on how further division tears pdp Apart.

Politics / APC To Hold Presidential Rally In Ebonyi Tomorrow, Tinubu Expected Today by Tabithatim: 7:46am On Nov 23, 2022

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be in Ebonyi State today.

#BATKSM2023 ♾️


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Politics / Navy Commissions Third Locally Built Seaward Defence Boat by Tabithatim: 12:36pm On Nov 22, 2022
This is NNS OJI, the Nigerian Navy’s 3rd locally built Seaward Defence Boat, proudly made in Nigeria. #OnwardTogether


Politics / Plateau South Senator, Daduut Float Mobilisation Initiative For Tinubu, APC by Tabithatim: 11:15am On Nov 22, 2022
Commence door to door campaign

Ahead of the 2023 polls, the Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district in the National assembly Prof Nora Ladi Daduut, on Monday commenced grassroots mobilisation for her Party the All Progressives Congress in rural communities in her zone.

Senator Dadu’ut who spoke to newsmen after sensitizing women in her Senatorial district said the aim was to mobilize and garner support for the Presidential Candidate of APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Governorship candidate of the APC in Plateau Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, Governor Simon Lalong for our Senatorial race, Idris Maje for Wase Federal constiuency, and other candidates of the APC at the 2023 general elections.

Senator Dadu’ut a member of the TINUBU/SHETTIMA Women Presidential Campaign team assigned to the strategic Planning Directorate said “We have constituted a team in the six local government councils of our district that would go round to the rural areas to ensure victory for our party in the forthcoming polls.”

Senator Daduut who was represented by her Legislative aide Hon Hon. Rufina Gurumyen, said “We have commenced a door-to-door campaign for the success of Ahmed Tinubu/ Kashim Shettima and our candidates in the APC in the 2023 general elections.”

“Tinubu’s wealth of experience is currently needed most to move the country forward.”

“We have the best Candidates in the APC, and we would mobilize our women, Youths and elderly to vote the APC from top to bottom.”

Dadu’ut added that she is committed to the victory of Tinubu/Shettima and all APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.

“Tinubu/Shettima are tested and trusted, and their combination offers renewed hope for the citizenry. It will ensure our today and assure us of our tomorrow.

“Tinubu is a good leader to follow. As he did in Lagos, we are sure that he will do more for Nigeria,” he said.

Senator Daduut said “we have assumed the role of apostles by going out there to preach the voting of our party the APC from top to bottom.”

She added that “We would go out and market our Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu across our Senatorial zone as that man who has the magic wand to take us to the promised land.”

She appealed to Women and Youths who are yet to collect their PVCs to do that and vote massively for the party at all levels.


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Politics / Judge Refuses To Give Judgement In Case Between Cecilia Adams And Ayade by Tabithatim: 7:08am On Nov 22, 2022
A Senatorial Aspirant of the APC in Cross River North, cries out for Justice as Opponent schemes to frustrate Court Judgement in a Suit filed to challenge her exclusion from a repeat Primary Election, which led to the emergence of Gov Benedict Ayade, as Senatorial Candidate, after the Governor took part in the Presidential Primary Election of APC and lost.

In a Pre- Election Suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, before Justice Evelyn Maha, she asked the Court to declare her the Canfidate of APC. The details are : Cecilia Omonya Adams vs APC & 3 ORS; FHC/ABJ/CS/232/2022.

The Case was reserved for Judgment by Justice Evelyn Maha, more than 60 days ago, but Justice Evelyn Maha has been under immense pressure not to deliver the Judgment , so that Cecilia’s quest for Justice will be frustrated.

Barr. Cecilia Adams is appealing to Justice Maha to do justice to the matter, without further delay, because Justice delayed, is as good as being denied


Politics / Re: Projects By Governor Ugwuanyi's Administration In Enugu (Pictures) by Tabithatim: 5:40am On Sep 20, 2022

Politics / Re: Projects By Governor Ugwuanyi's Administration In Enugu (Pictures) by Tabithatim: 5:39am On Sep 20, 2022

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Politics / Re: Projects By Governor Ugwuanyi's Administration In Enugu (Pictures) by Tabithatim: 5:38am On Sep 20, 2022

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Politics / Re: Projects By Governor Ugwuanyi's Administration In Enugu (Pictures) by Tabithatim: 5:36am On Sep 20, 2022


Politics / Projects By Governor Ugwuanyi's Administration In Enugu (Pictures) by Tabithatim: 5:34am On Sep 20, 2022
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's administration in Enugu State has delivered a state-of-the-art 600-seater banquet hall within the premises of the Remodelled Old Government Lodge, GRA, Enugu, for hosting of sensitive and reserved state, regional, national and international events, in advancement of Enugu's status and leading role as the historic capital of the Southeast geo-political zone of Nigeria.

The banquet hall, which is one of the signature projects Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration will be remembered for after his tenure, has basement offices, meeting rooms, retaining walls, large parking lots, among other facilities.

Besides the banquet hall and the Remodelled Old Government Lodge, Enugu, with a newly constructed annex, his administration, within the premises, also constructed 10 units of executive guest houses, 24 units of guest flats with a dining hall, security post and a standard lawn tennis court fitted with lighting facilities for physical exercise, among others, for routine guests of the state government.

The whole essence is to save cost of governance in respect of security and hotel accommodation bills as well as to create a conducive atmosphere for decision making and other official engagements on sensitive issues concerning Enugu State, the Southeast zone and beyond.

In furtherance of the above noble vision, Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration equally constructed a similar befitting conference centre at Ede-Oballa, Nsukka, comprising multiple halls, other indoor activity hubs and recreation facilities such as adult and children swimming pools and a lawn tennis court.

The project is adjacent to the new State Secretariat Annex, Nsukka, built by the present administration for cohesion and proper coordination of state government activities at the zonal level



Education / Re: Ugwuanyi Inspects Projects In SUMAS, Igbo Eno (pictures) by Tabithatim: 7:19am On Aug 08, 2022

Education / Ugwuanyi Inspects Projects In SUMAS, Igbo Eno (pictures) by Tabithatim: 7:18am On Aug 08, 2022
#Enugu #SUMAS #Update

With the commencement of installation of solar powered street lights and perimeter fencing of the permanent site of the newly licensed State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), Igbo Eno, Enugu State, completion of the faculty buildings, students’ hostel blocks and water supply and reticulation project, ongoing speedy construction of the Teaching Hospital, as well as the massive construction of the access and internal roads in the new Medical University, which is at stone-based stage and being handled by Ferotex Construction Company Limited, among other projects, #Governor Ifeanyi #Ugwuanyi’s administration is up to speed to deliver and inaugurate the brand new, full-fledged, State-owned Medical University for increased access to quality university education for the teeming youths, enhanced healthcare service delivery for the people of Enugu State and beyond, and rural development and socio-economic expansion in line with the governor’s inaugural address in 2015.



Politics / BMO Accuses Peter Obi Of Releasing False Information In 2018 (Throwback) by Tabithatim: 6:04am On Aug 07, 2022
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Peter Obi has been described as liar by the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO).

BMO described the former Anambra State governor as a politician with a penchant for cooking up figures and twisting facts

The organization described as half truth figure reeled out by former Anambra state governor during the Vice Presidential candidates’ debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja

It said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke the organisation said that Obi did not disappoint Nigerians who have been following his political trajectory since he left the Government House in Awka.

“From the outset, it was clear that Obi was out to impress his gullible political base but he did not reckon with the fact that majority of Nigerians cannot be easily be fooled at a time information can easily be cross checked

“Perhaps his biggest lie on the night that was easily debunked by knowledgeable Nigerians was his claim of 2 million vehicles on Nigerian roads. Even without the benefit of data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), an average car part dealer in Gudu, Abuja or Idumota,Lagos knew he was lying.

“An NBS fact sheet that has for sometime been in the public domain shows that the country has a total vehicle population of about 11.5 million as at the third quarter of 2017 so where did Obi gets his own data”, it said.

The group said it was gratifying to note that one of Nigeria’s influential online publications, The Cable did a quick fact check of what Obi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said at the debate

Buhari Media Organisation

“Some of the lies couched as facts by the PDP chieftain according to the online newspaper include his claim that Nigeria has fallen on the global competitive index from 124 to 127. The true position from the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) report is that the country rose on the index by 10 places

“Peter Obi also argued that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for 2015 was $21 billion while it fell to $12 billion in 2017.Again, he lied just as he did with his claim that African trade is less than 9 percent

“Data from Afriexim Bank indicate that intra-Africa trade is around 15 percent while Brooking Institution puts it at 18 percent

“These are just some of the lies that the man PDP elements dressed up as an economic expert attempted to force down the throats of Nigerians as facts and figures”

The group however hailed Professor Osinbajo for sticking with facts on issues including how the President Muhammadu Buhari administration crashed the price of a bag of fertilisers to between N5,500 and N6,500 from a figure ranging from N10,000 to N13,000in the past.

The debate has dominated social media and political space.


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Politics / Segun Awosanya: Obi's Supporters Are Violating Freedom Of Expression Of Others by Tabithatim: 9:41am On Jul 22, 2022
Human rights activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink, speaks with SEGUN ADEWOLE on the cyber bullying and intolerant attitude displayed by members of the Peter Obi campaign.

You were once loved on social media for your effort in securing the release of youths wrongly arrested by the police. What do you think changed that led to the hate you face today?

If you have ever studied social sciences and human behaviour you will agree with me that human beings are mostly fickle and capable of both good and evil. You can also be assured that I have known this since my teenage years when I began my conscious journey as an outlier.

Suffice to say that this was expected all along, if the lessons from our folklore and biblical teachings are anything to go by. The same mouth people use to shout Hosanna is the same one they will deploy in chanting to crucify him. Our Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth in flesh, and despite all the good done and the legacy of the gospel left, he was crucified, and Barnabas was chosen by the people he came to redeem over him.

Since 2017, we have used social media to communicate the intent of our advocacy #EndSARS and #ReformPoliceNG while running interventions as a stop-gap and engaging authorities on the critical need to end the culture of impunity and reform the Nigeria Police Force holistically.

We have thus made significant progress with that with the New Police Act 2020 and the Police Trust Fund 2019 Laws, long before the protest.

Today, the Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation, which I had the honour of founding and leading, is still at the forefront of ensuring holistic national security reform across institutions in collaboration with state institutions. So we are far more focused on the future of younger generations and the unborn with the legacy we are building than being distracted by what people are liking and hating. No iota of my self-esteem is tied to the validation of any mob.

The truth, likewise, is not found in the mob. We are out there to serve the vulnerable in society, most of whom are being threatened, railroaded, blackmailed and cowered by these hate groups posturing fraudulently as the youth of Nigeria, with their campaign of calumny cleverly hidden behind a political campaign as done during the #EndSARS protest.

How do you feel every time you get bullied and attacked on social media just for airing your views and expressing your stance on critical societal discourses?

As often stated, the evil most hypocrites point at in leadership actually emanates from our dying society. Our rulers, police officers, etc. didn’t fall from the sky. So whether you are talking about corruption or the compendium of social ills that plague our country today, you will find them in the citizens who are members of society.

All these were carefully considered over three decades ago when I became expressive about my life purpose. No matter how hard the wind howls, the mountain will not bow to it. I can’t be bullied; I have never been and would never be.

The tantrums of the teeming misguided only underscore the impact of the dearth of quality education and weaponised poverty in our society. We now have a village of sons of perdition and daughters of Delilah, making themselves available as tools for hate campaigns just to make ends meet.

I feel nothing but sympathy for the future of our society and most especially the crying need for a declaration of emergency on the failure of parenting in the country. This was part of the inspiration for our #ResponsibleParenting campaign, which we launched five years ago. This has nothing to do with me, but with our decaying society and our government’s failure to engage our youth, who are mostly despondent.

You were recently accused by a journalist, David Hundeyin of claiming to be a lawyer when you are not. Can you give clarification on that?

I have stated specifically on the record several times in my tweets from 2014 till date that I am not a lawyer. I, however, have run successful advocacy and have served on various tribunals based on my experience in security matters, civil society engagements, and the criminal justice system. I have corrected this impression several times, and only a pretend journalist would make such an unfounded claim, despite the litany of evidence in my interaction online.

We have proven to the world, however, that you don’t have to be a lawyer to be a successful advocate for good governance and universal institutional reforms.

Bill Gates leads in vaccines, and he doesn’t have to be a doctor, and there are several people leading in fields outside what they studied professionally.

In the early years of our advocacy, media/TV appearances mislabelled and occasionally misrepresented my profession in their introduction, and these were corrected (most of the time during interludes). I haven’t in the past made any of these interviews about myself, nor have I allowed any emotional story of my emergence to go on the record. I can also understand the obsession and the morbid craving for acknowledgement by most people who want their own time in the spotlight, but I humbly believe the way in which they hope to procure this by attempting to smear public figures is misguided and unfortunate.

I am Segalink, and there is nothing as great as validating yourself, stripped of all earthly accomplishments. I go by my name only and I want nothing from anyone.

Is there any parallel between the #EndSARS and the Obidient movement?

Fundamentally, yes. The #EndSARS and #ReformPoliceNG movement are certainly not the same as the protest movement, which deployed #EndSARS as a banner for the expression of their discontent without recourse to the trajectory of the advocacy.

However, the ‘EndSARS’ protest movement, which defied state curfew amidst other vices they would never take responsibility for, is the same movement as the Obidient movement as characterised by their coercion, blackmail, belligerence, cyberbullying of public figures, malevolence, libel, mendacity, and violation of the rights of other citizens.

I can authoritatively state that all the hate groups in the country are now enjoying an ‘AirBnB’ under the negligent Peter Obi Presidential Campaign, namely the IPOB agitators, who never wanted an election in Nigeria; perpetual cum commercial protesters, known to jump on anything popular to validate their existence; failed and aggrieved members of the Buhari Media Campaign, known for their belligerence and cyberbullying; the feminist coalition, who sought to use the protest as a cover for the push for same sex marriage in Nigeria but was rebuffed; and several others caught in the middle without clarity on what is real and what is fictional.

Suffice to say that the agitators are well known as individual groups, and the purpose of their current coalition is ominous. It is never in the interest of the peace, unity, and progress of our democracy.

The idea behind political campaigns is to win hearts and minds, and nothing explains the coercion and targeted harassment of individuals without provocation in order to force an endorsement.

No Nigerian was forced to support the #EndSARS and #ReformPoliceNG movement because the goal and objective speak for themselves.

It’s worthy of note that these groups never supported the advocacy nor contributed positively to the conversation and engagement of the authorities even though it benefited them until they had to protest under the name of its objective.

So, clearly, there is no surprise for us here, as a leopard never changes its spots. Anyone who believes there is any true healthy communication and problem solving with narcissists is naive. They never take responsibility for their part in anything. They are the mascots of gaslighting and manipulation in conversations. The focus will always be brought back on you, what you did in the past, and they will get mad at you for getting mad at them. They hold on to your description of their actions and take offence without addressing their own actions for triggering such a response.

Do you foresee a situation where violence will erupt as a result of the non-tolerant attitude allegedly displayed by some people on social media?

In the parlance of law, “Res ipsa loquitur” is a Latin phrase that means “the thing speaks for itself.” So this is not merely an allegation that the cluster of hate hubs that hijacked the Peter Obi campaign are belligerently intolerant, malicious, malevolent and will no doubt clash with other interests once the full campaign begins, which may trigger a series of violence toward the 2023 election.

Our role as a civic space monitoring organisation includes highlighting early warning signs, which we have done in the past. We have never been wrong with our prognosis and have advised the authorities to be prepared as well as position themselves to prevent the occurrence of all-out violence due to political differences and public incitement by these interest groups.

Recently, Pastor Poju Oyemade and billionaire Femi Otedola were called out by youths on Twitter for expressing views they didn’t like. Do you think Nigeria is now approaching a situation where only one viewpoint is allowed?

Sadly, this is demonstrably the extremist position of these aggressors in the coalition. They want to militarise and weaponise their interests with the identity politics of hate that they have made out of the Peter Obi Campaign.

No public figure, and by extension, citizens of Nigeria, is safe to air their political views, even as guaranteed and protected by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The freedom of expression and association of Nigerians are now constantly violated by the hate groups holding the Peter Obi Campaign hostage.

From Reno Omokri, Poju Oyemade, Femi Otedola, my humble self and many others to come, we can see the pattern of their attacks based on the common factor that all notable Nigerians must submit to their whims and caprices and bow to the graven image they have carved for Peter Obi in reverence.

According to their identity politics of hate, you are not Nigerian enough if you are not an idolater chanting the name of Peter Obi as your lord and saviour, and certainly don’t want the good of the country.

This is an infringement on the fundamental rights of all Nigerians, and as often done on matters like this, we have risen against the abusive trend and have reported its continuance to the authorities.


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Politics / Bayelsa PDP In Confusion Over Defections by Tabithatim: 7:20am On Jul 22, 2022
Governor Douye Diri’s henchmen in Bayelsa State Lucky Ogua and Special Adviser on Political matters, High Chief Collins Kokodia, have been sponsoring and planning to sponsor more candidates in opposition parties. It is the two who got candidates to run for offices in the state house of assembly under APGA and APC.

The Secretary to the State Government’s younger brother is the APC candidate in the governor’s local government of Kolokuma Opokuma against the PDP candidate. The Secretary has also sponsored other candidates in Labour Party and is fully controlling the Bayelsa State Labour Party.

Even in the governor’s local government, Lucky Ogbua and Cocodia were funding the APC candidate Etolor who lost out. They gave him 50m but unfortunately, Timipre Sylva got wind of it, shut it down and gave the ticket to his trusted boy, Hon. Wilson from Ekeremor town.

With the failure of Etolor, they went back to holding secret meetings in the government house to see how they can give support to APC candidates against PDP candidates. This is the scheme they have been working on for the past two months.

Everyone knows they are also reaching out to one of the governor’s relations, a lady who is the Senatorial Candidate for the YPP. They are funding her and supporting her massively to go round and campaign but investigation shows that even in-spite of their support in that senatorial district, there’s little or nothing they can do to change the outcome but this is the game going on.

The SSG and the governor’s team, SA Political are sponsoring so many candidates against the PDP. It is on record that it was Governor Diri who personally instructed the APGA candidate in Yenagoa Constituency 2 to go to APGA and clinch the ticket. He is the governor’s preferred candidate as against the the chief whip who he pretends to be supporting.

It is people in the government house also who prevailed on the candidate to go to APC against the House Leader but investigation show that the house leader will eventually win.

Investigation also revealed that Uwaikimo, the APGA candidate for Yenagoa Constituency 2 is being sponsored by the governor and his team while they are pretending to be with the PDP candidate.

As a result of the internal party wrangling in major parties, many loyal party members are now seeking for an alternative platforms to contest.

In Edo, governor Obaseki and all his people have fielded candidates in Labour Party and are only pretending to be in the PDP.

In Delta state, the major fight going on between the Ibori camp and Okowa’s camp has led to the core Ibori loyalist in person of Chief Gbagi Kenneth going to the SDP to be the gubernatorial candidate with large following and with the support of Ibori’s team.

In Rivers state, as a result of the split in APC and the massive resignation, the Magnus Abe led faction and others are moving to the SDP where Magnus is expected to be nominated by the SDP as it flag bearer. All the big wigs and dissatisfied from Wike’s system in Rivers state are gravitating towards SDP. In the next assembly election, SDP might populate everywhere.

SDP and other parties are gaining so much momentum in all the states. PDP’s dominance May be a foregone era.

Just yesterday in Akwa Ibom, the most popular gubernatorial aspirant under PDP, Senator Bassey resigned from the party to go pick up YPP ticket and with the court cases against the PDP candidate and the certificate problem, the chances are that there might be a major upset.

So, PDP is in a major problem in the South and the country as a whole because of the infighting and winner takes all mentality.

Fortunately for the PDP, last weekend election was a morale booster but even that morale booster is under threat as the APC Tinubu Element have vowed to take the matters to lawful conclusion at the Supreme Court and even that could have been resolved by the party leadership but there was division which they did not handle well leading to Babayemi going to court to seek redress.

There’s a finding that delegates that elected Adeleke who eventually won were not the right delegates and this may be dangerous finding. The court dismissed this babayemi suite because he had tithe right delegates but wrong venue.

This is a lesson even for Bayelsans especially those who did their assembly and other primaries outside the venue prescribed by law. Governor Diri and his few accolades who have for three years been fighting needless war of division and exclusion really h he ave enough in their hands to work with While Timipre Sylva getting ready in the APC to come against the divided PDP.



Politics / Difficult Times: Nigeria Needs God’s Intervention More Than Ever - Ugwuanyi by Tabithatim: 4:40am On Jul 22, 2022
…Enjoins 274 Enugu State govt-sponsored Pilgrims to pray for the state, Nigeria

…Wishes them journey mercies as they depart for Israel, Jordan

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Thursday, said Nigeria is going through strange and difficult times and needs God’s intervention more than ever.

Speaking when he flagged off Batch A of the 2022 Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan, in Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi enjoined the 274 intending Pilgrims, sponsored by his administration, to pray for peace, security, unity and progress in Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.

The governor, who was received by the elated beneficiaries on arrival at the venue, urged them to also “pray particularly that we may love one another as this, in my judgment, is the missing link in our society, for love beareth all things (I Corinthians 13:7)."

Gov. Ugwuanyi further enjoined the state government-sponsored Pilgrims to Israel and Jordan to equally pray for peaceful electioneering campaigns, successful general elections and seamless transition in Nigeria, in 2023.

He congratulated the intending Pilgrims on the unique opportunity and thanked the Almighty God for using the instrumentality of his administration to accomplish it.

Gov. Ugwuanyi advised the intending Pilgrims to obey the extant rules to the letter, adding that “the state expects 100 percent return of our Pilgrims and the handlers should ensure that there is no case of abscondment".

The governor, therefore, wished them journey mercies and spiritually enriching experiences.

“In keeping with our commitment to deepening the practice of Christian Faith in our State, we are sponsoring 274 Pilgrims for the 2022 Easter Christian Pilgrimage, to wit: 24 for Jordan and 250 for Israel, respectively.

“The Christian Pilgrimage is an occasion for Christians (Pilgrims) to step out of their comfort zone to encounter God where He has revealed Himself; to visit places associated with the life, times and teachings of Christ especially his birth, passion, death and resurrection.

“It is an opportunity for quiet introspection and spiritual rebirth. You are therefore expected to return as more dedicated practitioners of the Christian Faith”, he said.

Welcoming Gov. Ugwuanyi earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barr. Nestor Ezeme, described the governor as “God fearing and the best Pilgrimage Governor in Nigeria”.

Barr. Ezeme thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for his commitment to God and immense contributions to the success of religious programmes in Enugu State, stressing that they are unprecedented in the annals of the state.

He pointed out that the governor’s faithfulness to God is responsible for his enviable feats in all spheres of development despite nation’s numerous challenges saying: “No wonder you are number one in Education; you are number one in health; you are number one in rural infrastructure; you are number one in Judiciary; you are number one in security; you are number one everywhere you are; and you have taken number one in Pilgrimage”.

In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Emmanuel Edeh expressed profound gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in championing the noble objectives of the board in spite of the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges.

Bishop Edeh who doubles as the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter, said that the Christian community is highly impressed that Enugu State under the watch of Gov. Ugwuanyi has been outstanding in the South East geo-political zone in particular and Nigeria in general, in respect of sponsorship of Pilgrims to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan.

“It is on record that talking about Pilgrimage in the South East, it has been Enugu State all the way”, the CAN Chairman said, recalling that Gov. Ugwuanyi was recently conferred with the ‘Best Pilgrimage Governor in the South East Nigeria’ award by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) for committing resources towards the growth and sustenance of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria.

The cleric encouraged Gov. Ugwuanyi to hold on tightly to his vision and Christian belief, beseeching God to continue to guide and protect the governor to finish well as “you started well and you are doing well”.

The Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Dr. Godwin Madu, Director of Special Duties, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. Sunday Udeh, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Chinedu Nwoye, Dr. Tony Okam and Barr. Chima Nwanna, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Politics / Re: Chukwuemeka Ihedioha Graduates With First Class From Warwick University by Tabithatim: 3:05pm On Jul 14, 2022

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Politics / Chukwuemeka Ihedioha Graduates With First Class From Warwick University by Tabithatim: 3:05pm On Jul 14, 2022
H.E.Emeka Ihedioha's son Chukwuemeka 11 graduated yesterday with a first class in Mgt & Finance from Warwick University U.K

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Politics / APC Mega Rally: Oyetola Has Brought Purpose To Governance - APC Governors by Tabithatim: 1:15pm On Jul 13, 2022
APC Mega Rally: Oyetola Has Brought Purpose To Governance- APC Govs , Party Leadership

We’re taking no chances, Osun deserves leader like Oyetola – National Chairman, Adamu

● as Asiwaju, others rally support for Oyetola’s re-election

Ahead of Saturday’s Osun governorship election, twenty-one governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have described the incumbent governor of the State and candidate of the party, Adegboyega Oyetola, as an excellent performer who has brought purpose to governance.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Adamu Abdullahi, yesterday led governors and stalwarts of the party to campaign for the reelection of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

The presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the pioneer chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, governors of Lagos, Kano, Ondo, Kaduna, Ekiti, Kebbi, Borno and other chieftains of the party stalwarts stormed Osogbo city stadium for the grand finale of the campaign

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Senate Spokesperson, Ajibola Bashiru, and former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, also attended the rally while the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and former governor Rauf Aregbesola were absent.

The APC chieftains appealed to the people of the state to vote for Oyetola to enable him to continue the development strides he has started.

Tinubu warned the electorates to consider

Tinubu warned the electorates to consider the future of their children and vote for a candidate that can take the state to a greater height.

Speaking, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, appealed to the electorate to give him a chance to lead the state again.

He reeled out his achievements in the last three and half years, saying he has fulfilled the promises he made during the 2018 electioneering.

They said those who have a fair mind devoid of prejudices and biases will testify to the developmental strides Oyetola has registered since becoming governor of the State in 2018.

The progressive governors, therefore, reaffirmed their unalloyed support for Governor Oyetola just as they declared their readiness to do all necessary within the law to ensure his re-election.

While addressing a mammoth crowd at the Mega rally held at the Osogbo Township Stadium on Tuesday, national leaders of the APC


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Politics / Stomach Infrastructure: Obi's Poster On Whiskey Bottles by Tabithatim: 6:23am On Jul 07, 2022
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Crime / Alabi Warns Cultist To Steer Clear Of Lagos State by Tabithatim: 5:40pm On Jul 06, 2022

Credible intelligence at the disposal of the Lagos State Police Command reveals that some hoodlums and cultists have perfected plans to celebrate what they call "7/7 of Africa aka Day" on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

In view of this, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi in very strong terms warns these groups with intent to scuttle the peace being enjoyed in the State to shelve their plans.

Consequently, the Command's tactical teams,

Area Commanders and DPOs in collaboration with other sister agencies are fully prepared to clamp down heavily on organisers, leaders and progenitors of such sinister groups whose aim is to cause wanton violence in the State.

The Command is therefore using this medium to appeal

to parents and guardians to warn their children/wards to steer clear of any unlawful gathering or society before, during and after the said date. Also, hoteliers are by this release warned not to allow their facilities be used for any cult related gathering as owners of such facilities will be liable to prosecutions.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc while urging all residents of Lagos State to be law abiding and vigilant enjoins them to go about lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation.

Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State Command,

July 06, 2022.


Politics / Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, In Brewery Ownership Scandal by Tabithatim: 6:09am On Jun 22, 2022
A brewery ownership scandal in Anambra state has stirred a conflict of interest concerns following allegations linking the governor, Peter Obi, to a stake in the new firm.

Mr. Obi is accused of fraudulently financing the purported government-owned company with state funds when indeed, his company has an interest in the group.

The company at the centre of the controversy, Intafact Beverages Limited, is one of the projects earmarked for commissioning by President Goodluck Jonathan who is visiting the south eastern state on Thursday.

Alongside the project, the president will commission Orient Petroleum, Orange Drugs company and Onitsha Inland Port.

Allegations have built up for weeks that Mr. Obi was promoting Intafact, jointly owned by SABMiller, a South African joint brewery venture, as a state business interest and funding the firm with more than N2 billion of Anambra government funds while also allocating shares in the company to himself.

The governor is allegedly represented on the company by his company-NEXT International Limited. Critics say in addition to using state resources to promote private interest, Mr. Obi also received through his company the shares of SABMiller in Intafact.

Some of the allegations could not be independently verified by PREMIUM TIMES.

When contacted via telephone, the governor’s media assistant, Valentine Obienyem, said he would send an emailed response to the allegations, but never did.

The allegations have triggered a firestorm of condemnation for a state executive reasonably seen as relatively transparent and more committed to state service.

A former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Chudi Offodile, called on the governor to resign on account of the alleged scandal.

“What does Governor Peter Obi understand by the oath he swore to on assumption of office:”that I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or any official decisions,” Mr. Offodile said.

While the company is seen to be state-owned, documents from the Corporate Affairs Commission, available to PREMIUM TIMES, list as shareholders of the company, SABMiller, Next International Limited, and the state government.

Mr. Obi is said to have resigned his leading role at Next ahead of his election while maintaining subtle ownership of the company.


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Politics / Pictures From The 5,000-Seater Nsukka Township Stadium Under Construction by Tabithatim: 5:52am On Mar 31, 2022
An aerial view of the 5,000-seat capacity Township Stadium at Nsukka, Enugu State, being constructed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration.

The landmark project, aimed at promoting and encouraging grassroots sports development and youth empowerment, is at the final stage of completion following the successful installation of AstroTurf, Tartan Tracks, Seats, and flood-light, as well as pavement works.


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Politics / Onoh Picks Enugu Governorship Form, Pledges Loyalty To Ugwuanyi by Tabithatim: 5:15pm On Mar 30, 2022
Chairman of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Denge. Josef-Ken Onoh, on Wednesday, purchased the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship nomination form, pledging loyalty to his boss, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Speaking shortly after procuring the nomination form, Onoh said that even though he has expressed interest to become Governor of the state after Governor Ugwuanyi, his boss decision on who succeeds him remains final and to which he will succumb to.

He said, “His (Governor Ugwuanyi) decision is ineliminable, final, and will be acceptable by me.”

Onoh had worked with Governor Ugwuanyi in the Governor’s first tenure as a Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects and was chairman joint task force Enugu capital territory development authority and Ministry of environment and from were he was subsequently made the Chairman of ECTDA in 2019.

He is believed to be one of the Governor’s aides who has been specially mentored with the capacity of succeeding Ugwuanyi, particularly as he hails from Enugu East Senatorial district, a zone that is conclusively believed will produce the next governor of Enugu State.

Son of the former Governor of Old Anambra state, Onoh was a member of the Enugu state House of Assembly between 2003 and 2007, where he was the Chairman of the House committee on Finance and Appropriation.

He is a foundation member of the PDP since 1998, when he contested for councilorship of new haven ward in Enugu North local government council and later contested for Enugu state house of Assembly in 2003, and Chairmanship of the Enugu north local government council but lost his cousin, Herbert Orji in 2007.

Onoh, as Chairman of ECTDA has been responsible for bringing to sanity the distorted Enugu Town planning regulation, a job that has earned him both accolades and dislike by a cross section of the city residents.

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Politics / Enugu 2023: Traditional Leaders Insist Enugu East Should Produce Governor by Tabithatim: 12:29pm On Mar 30, 2022
2023 Guber: There is rotational zoning arrangement in Enugu State and it is the turn of Enugu East Senatorial District, say Traditional Rulers

[I]Guber: Respect power rotation agreement – Traditional Rulers to Enugu politicians[/i]

The Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, on Tuesday, declared that there is an existing rotational agreement on the governorship position in the State.

This was an outcome of a meeting of the General Assembly of the traditional rulers in Enugu.

DAILY POST reports that this is coming amidst controversies in the State on which zone should produce Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s successor.

Whereas several politicians in the State are of the opinion that it is the turn of Enugu East Senatorial Zone, former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who is in the race, has come out to say there is no power rotation agreement in the State.

But addressing journalists after their meeting, the Chairman of the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu, who read a communique, said there is power rotation agreement in the State.

The communique was signed by Agubuzu, as well as HRH Igwe Barr. R.S.N. Ezeh, 1st Deputy Chairman, HRH Igwe Barr. Julius Nnaji, 2nd Deputy Chairman, HRH Igwe Godwin Ndubueze, Ag. 3rd Deputy Chairman, HRH Igwe Simeon Osisi Itodo, Grand Patron, HRH Igwe Apostle Kingsley Chime, Patron and HRH Igwe Abel Nwobodo Patron.

They avowed that “the founding fathers of Enugu State, in their wisdom, mutually agreed that the prized office of the Governor of the State should be rotational among its three Senatorial Districts.

“In the light of the foregoing, the traditional rulers unequivocally affirmed, re-affirmed and declared that the governorship elections in Enugu State are based on rotation, through which, in 1999, Enugu East Senatorial District took the first slot, followed by Enugu West in 2007 and Enugu North in 2015, respectively.

“It is now the turn of Enugu East Senatorial zone again.”

The royal fathers declared that, “all the political parties that wish to participate in the 2023 gubernatorial election in Enugu State should pick their candidates from Enugu East Senatorial District, comprising Isi-Uzo, Enugu East, Enugu North, Enugu South, Nkanu East and Nkanu West LGAs.

“This will enhance security, peace and harmony that prevail in our dear Enugu State.”

“The traditional rulers enjoin all political gladiators and political partiers in Enugu State to embrace this positive attitude for the sustenance of the unity, peace, security and development of the State,” the communique further stated.

Politics / Father Mbaka: Ugwuanyi Remains Most Peaceful Governor In Nigeria by Tabithatim: 8:42pm On Mar 08, 2022
Ugwuanyi remains most peaceful governor in Nigeria, says Rev. Fr. Mbaka

The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, on Tuesday, said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State remains the most peaceful governor in the country.

Rev. Fr. Mbaka added that Ugwuanyi is a father to all and a very friendly governor who cannot do without making peace, stressing that “his name should be peace”.

The Spiritual Director, who spoke when he led delegations of Red Star Belgrade Football Club, Serbia and Antalyaspor Football Club, Turkey, to the Government House, Enugu, on a courtesy visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi, maintained that peace is in the governor’s nature and “peace is in his integrity”.

The cleric informed the governor that the delegations from Serbia and Turkey were “football Scouts who decided the use Enugu State for their scouting activity”, adding that they came to Enugu on behalf of Adoration Football Club.

Rev. Fr. Mbaka disclosed that the youth of the Adoration Ministry who can play football are engaged in the sporting activity and stand the chance of being picked to play international football in their clubs in Serbia and Turkey.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UDE Sports Management Limited, Uche Dominic Egbukwu who was appointed as the Sporting Director of Adoration Football Club, Enugu State (South East), commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his peaceful disposition and uncommon leadership qualities.

According to him, “Among all the eastern governors, you (Ugwuanyi) are number one who don’t have any controversy. We respect you and respect Enugu State government. Here is a peaceful place, there is no problem of security here and the people of Enugu State love you”.

In his speech, the Sporting Director and Chief Scouts, Red Star Belgrade Football Club, Serbia, Mr. Milos, thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the hospitality and for welcoming them, and expressed optimism that they will find many players in Enugu after the scouting activity.

Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi welcomed the delegations to Enugu State and described their choice of Enugu for the international sporting programme as a worthy decision.

The governor assured them of his administration’s support, stressing that Enugu State is a peaceful state and has a lot of talents who can add value to football worldwide.

“If our people are discovered, we will benefit a lot”, he said.

Gov. Ugwuanyi therefore appreciated Rev. Fr. Mbaka and his team for the initiative of promoting sports development in the state and beyond.


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