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Re: Stop fighting Oshiomhole, youths tell Amaechi – Rivers APC Reacts

Posted on April 25, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Re: Stop fighting Oshiomhole, youths tell Amaechi – Rivers APC Reacts

Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) expressed dismay after reading the malicious and mischievous report titled, “Stop fighting Oshiomhole, youths tell Amaechi” in some National dailies of today and resolved that it has become imperative to set the record straight as the State chapter of the party doesn’t need any soothsayer to tell her that the report was a mere tool of blackmail aimed at maligning the person and personality of Rt.  Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the erstwhile Governor of Rivers State, the incumbent Minister of Transportation and the undisputable leader of APC in South -South.

The party in her reaction stated that it is erroneous to report that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is fighting the erstwhile Governor of Edo State,  Comrade Adams oshiomhole as such a fight only exist in the minds of those promoting this falsehood as Amaechi is neither fighting Comrade Adams Oahiomhole or any other leader of the All Progressives Congress or is he holding or ever had any meeting in connection to who occupies the National Chairman of the party or any other position of the yet to be elected members of the National Working Committee of the party.

The party described Amaechi as a detribalised Nigerian and a respected democrat whose goals and inputs in the enhancement of democratic principles in Nigeria are not in doubt so labelling him with a borrowed robe is to us an exercise in futility.

The party further stated that at the time the Edo meeting was held the Honourable Minister was at Washington, USA on office national assignment and couldn’t have held any meeting he is being credited to in this regard.

With these facts, we view this report as a sponsored report to malign the person and personality of the Honourable Minister of Transportation and the leader of APC in the South -South.

Therefore we wish to describe this blackmail and unwarranted attack against a person who sacrificed both his life and resources to entrench APC as a political party in the hearts of Nigerians as most unfortunate, wicked, vindictive, vicious, malicious, despicable, ridiculous and unacceptable.

The APC in a statement issued to journalists today by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze Media Consultant to Dr Ikanya the RS APC Chairman, noted with happiness that the youths whose names were mentioned in the callous report have already denied the report so those that cajoled and concocted such a misguided report should hide their faces in shame.

The statement reads: To the best of the knowledge of greater members of the party that both Amaechi and Oshiomhole are best of friends and comrades in ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari wins the 2019 Presidential election so these failed politicians looking for cheap publicity and how to sow seed of discord amongst these two brothers should look for a better job to do as their evil plots against an innocent man have failed even before it was hatched. 

Finally, the party noted that as much as the party is not against the aspiration of anybody to any position within the party, members must endeavour to avoid the undemocratic acts that led to the downfall of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  by ensuring that we follow strictly the tenets of democracy and the constitution of our party in pursuance of our aspirations. 

The party maintained that the endorsement of any political leader to any position must follow the due Process and reflects the views and positions of the leaders of the party in the six States that make up the South -South region.   

In the same vein, the party emphasised that any political process that closes the door against the aspiration of other members of the party from our zone can’t be said to be in tandem with the constitution of our great political party.

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Media Consultant to Dr Ikanya the RS APC Chairman

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Oyegun heads for second term

Posted on April 25, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday received the endorsement of some APC leaders from North-East, North-West and North-Central.

“A change of leadership is not on the cards. There is no surprise in the air. The dynamic national chairman is sure to win” the leaders said.

They also urged APC National leader and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other APC leaders in the South-West to back Oyegun’s candidacy.

“We need to avoid deadlock”

In a statement in Dutse by the chairman of APC United Front, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, the leaders praised Oyegun for unifying the ruling party, fostering collaboration and encouraging engagements that neither diminishes others moral worth.

“The result of the APC chairmanship election won’t surprise anyone.”

Calling his performance in four years exciting, the leaders said the APC under Oyegun’s leadership existed as a united political group.

“APC is not a loose coalition of personal and sectional factions.”

They hailed Oyegun for his flexible position on political issues, reconciliation of feuding political groups and his commitment to a greater Nigeria.

“The incumbent, Chief Oyegun will be reelected for the second time.  Party faithful and their leaders in the north are certain of Oyegun’svictory.”

Specifically, they eulogized Oyegun for bringing unparalleled brilliance and unbridled patriotism to the chairmanship job.

“Oyegun is a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics. His success in the convention will be based on his performance, popularity and honesty. Other aspirants do not pose serious danger to Oyegun. They

have nothing to offer” the leaders said.

They commended South-East and South-South APC leaders for supporting Oyegun.

“We don’t want a southern gang up against the north. We don’t want to be plunged into darkness. Oyegun, a role model and an icon, is held in reverence and affection by the vast majority of Nigerians.

He believes in the course that seeks to prime humanity to loftier heights” the leaders added. 

Credit: Ebireri Henry Ovie

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Oyegun has done well- South-South leaders

Posted on April 25, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

…..Praise Buhari, APC Govs, others for supporting Oyegun

The prospect of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun retaining his job after June 14, 2018 is seen as having more resonance now.

South-South leaders on Friday threw their weight behind Oyegun for building APC, advancing progressive ideas, supporting the government and championing the rights of members.

“We agreed to task Oyegun with the job of managing the All Progressives Congress (APC) till 2022” the leaders said.

At a meeting to chalk out the position of the zone on the APC National Chairmanship Seat, the leaders praised Oyegun for keeping the ruling party in shape, treating everyone with fairness and strengthening the grassroots.

“Oyegun is an asset to Nigeria. He is a few steps ahead of other leaders. The ruling party is growing stronger and increasing in number” the leaders said.

Chairman South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry in a statement released in Yenagoa after the meeting said the South-South leaders decided that Oyegun should continue as chairman of the ruling party because of his sterling performance.

The leaders termed the 2019 presidential election as very critical and one that will have far reaching impact, citing Oyegun’s impeccable reputation, leadership skills and fairness.

“The way forward for the ruling party is to retain Oyegun through consensus” the leaders said.

Specifically, they praised Oyegun for promoting democracy, particularly protecting and broadening the rights of members to real political participation, contributing to the unity and growth of the ruling party.

The leaders hailed Oyegun as a true leader of democracy.

“Oyegun deserves credit for promoting democratic priorities, addressing challenging issues facing APC, protecting the interests of the Nigerian people and improving the standing of the ruling party.

They commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, APC National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC governors, Chief Bisi Akande, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, party chairmen and others for supporting Oyegun.

“We are on track. The process of retaining Oyegun till 2022 is expected to be a formality” the leaders said.

They also contested the views of Isaac Kekemeke, Perekeme Kpodo and Timi Frank on the performance of Oyegun.

“Oyegun has demonstrated how to overcome the challenges confronting the ruling party in the country.”

The leaders emphasized those aspects of Oyegun’s contribution which laid stress on internal democracy, unity, expansion, fairness and respect.

They also described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a disaster.

“What do you want Oyegun to learn from PDP”. The party’s fortunes have plummeted. The opposition party is in disarray. It cannot heal itself. The party is hated by Nigerians for entrenching poverty, unemployment, corruption, insecurity and deprivation. The party has been shown the way out of government at the national level and will never return to power again” the leaders said. 

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Coalition Begins Grassroots Mobilisation for Ugwuanyi’s Second Term

Posted on April 25, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

An amalgamation of several civil society and socio-political pressure groups in Enugu North senatorial district of Enugu State, under the aegis of Nsukka Democratic Movement (NDM), has begun grassroots mobilisation for the second term bid of the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

“The decision followed a unanimous endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at our Joint Central Working Committee (JCWC) meeting in Enugu on Sunday night”, the group said in a statement jointly signed by the JCWC Convener, Chief Willy Ezugwu and the Secretary of the JCWC, Comrade James Ezema.

The coalition comprises the Independent Nsukka Solidary Agenda Worldwide, United Nsukka Indigenes for Good Governance, Nsukka Arise for Democratic Change, Nsukka Youths Empowerment Initiative, Greater Nsukka Congress, and Alliance for Democratic Governance, among three others.

“We have taken this bold step in order to also ensure that political jobbers and aimless political hawks do not destabilise the state ahead of the 2019 general election.

“Sensitisation campaign is on-going at the grassroots in the entire Enugu North senatorial district to ensure the re-election of the most outstanding governor in terms of his unequalled performance in Enugu State in just three years in office.

“We enjoin all the sons and daughters of Enugu state both at home and abroad to overwhelmingly continue to support Governor Ugwuanyi, who has proven that it is not impossible to develop the rural communities in Enugu State.

“He has worked without discriminating against any senatorial district by pioneering even development agenda for the entire state and that is why he is fondly called Gburugburu due to his all-round achievement and inclusive leadership.

“The JCWC and all members of the coalition have unanimously resolved that it is only an inexperienced coach that changes a winning team.

“Governor Ugwuanyi has proven himself to be a good captain that must be retained for better life, increased good governance and infrastructural development of our rural communities”, the coalition said.



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I solicit your support to elevate Osun State to the stage of envy

Posted on April 25, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Being Elder George Adedeji’s Letter of Intent to Serve the People of Osun State as Governor

Dear Esteemed Stakeholders of the State of Osun,

We return all the Glory to God, the Author of life for the peace and tranquility of Osun, which otherwise would not have been possible without God’s mercy. My name is George Tunde Adedeji, popularly known as ELDER. I was born into the family of late Pa Samuel Adebayo Adedeji in Gbongan, Ayedade Local Government some three scores ago.

The zeal and urge to make their children acquire education was why my parents educated me within and outside the shores of Nigeria. I read Food Science & Technology, at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).  I later proceeded to University of Strathclyde, Glasglow, Scotland for my Masters (Food Science and Microbiology).

My desire to be well grounded in the business and economic world made me to pursue a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). My belief in excellence and achievement orientation made me to become a member of various professional associations like; The Institute of Marketing UK, Member of the Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce, Member, Nigerian – British Chamber of Commerce and Lagos Chamber of Commerce, where I featured prominently as a member of the Small and Medium Business Committee (SBMC).These platforms prepared and sharpened my innate talent to solving problems in diverse ways especially those that are societal in nature.

To fulfill my spiritual calling and the need to be God fearing informed my decision to pursue further knowledge via theological training. This move availed me the opportunity to have practical knowledge about the other religions, an opportunity which made me to flow freely with people of all creeds and believe system irrespective of gender, value system and orientation.

Furthermore, my urge to socialize and discover the needs of people and strategies to resolve issue whether economic, political or social endeared me to various social platforms like Rotary International. I was President, Rotary International District 9110 from 1989 – 1990. Also, Paul Harris Fellow (1990), District Governor’s Group Representative (1990 – 1993).

For a decade and half, I variously acquired managerial and leadership industry experience in two major organizations Viz; FDA (NAFDAC), UNILEVER. 

Corporate Governance Experience

Thereafter, I have played and still playing leadership role in Corporate Governance as chairman in six and Director in five notable entities viz; Executive Chairman, Super Stores Ltd; 1984 – Date; Scaf Ltd 1980 – Date; Tronitek Ltd 1991 – Date; SAE Nigeria Ltd, 1992 – 1998; Director Ayedaade Community Bank 1996 – 2001; Chairman, Askar Paints Nig Ltd. (OoduaGroup of Companies) 1990 – 2001; Chairman Wrought Iron Nigeria (WIN) Ltd (Oodua Group of Companies) 2002 – 2004; Country Director, Omega Renewable Energy and Power Nigeria Ltd (OREP – a subsidiary of Power Group USA) 2000 – Date. I am currently a Director in Skyrun (Cocoa Processing Industry) Ede.

Elder Tunde Adedeji represented the State as a member of the Technical Committee on Regional Integration of Western Nigeria. He also served on the board of Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation. 

Political Associations

My philosophy of life which specifies that “man does not live by bread alone” made me to choose the camp of the progressives. All along the lines of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and presently All Progressives Congress (APC) where I am one of the leaders in Ayedade Local Government.

My vintage position as chairman, Askar Paints Ltd, Chairman Wrought Iron Nigeria LTD (WIN), two of the subsidiaries of Oodua Investments Group, and presently a Nigerian director, in Skyrun Ltd (Cocoa Processing Industry Ede) gave me the exposure on how to harness our abundant God-given resources and resourcefulness of our people to create value, if given executive power.

My dear stakeholders, I make bold to say that I have been part of successive administration in Osun, though not in executive capacity. Therefore, I give thumbs up to the previous helmsmen particularly, former and incumbent governors of All-Progressive extraction for their immense contributions to the development of our dear State – Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, Baba AbdulRahmon Adebisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye  Oyinlola and Gov. Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji  Aregbesola; the man whose developmental stride has clearly demonstrated his professional calling.

My fellow citizens, having garnered experiences in private and governmental agencies, I have decided to bring to bear the flourishing and unending exposure I have acquired over the years to serve my people of the Osun. I feel there is no better time to contribute at a higher pedestal to the development of Osun than 2018.

In view of the foregoing, I have embarked on intensive consultations across the state and the acceptability coefficient has been alarmingly overwhelming and impressive. I have also done extensive research on harnessing the huge resources of our State to increase our capacity, shore up our revenue, fill the huge infrastructural gap including grassroots agricultural potentials and poverty alleviation through massive investment in Agriculture, Agro industry, and Agribusiness as a way of building on the achievements of past and serving administrations in the State. This is in addition to equitable andfair wealth distribution.

My dear good people, if given the mandate to serve you, I intend to lead an all-inclusive government, bridge the gap between the rich and poor; provide developmental initiatives that are sustainable andbeneficial to our people. I will particularly encourage the womenfolk by reserving 40% of appointment for our women.

I am committed to building a state where there will be economic buoyancy, a hub of modern development and a haven of investors and bee-hive of business investments and employment generation activities and above all, a place of peaceful co-habitation and brotherly love. Your hallowed support is very crucial in making this vision a reality.

May I humbly solicit your support very passionately in this vision to elevate our State to the next millennial stage of envy, equity and justice, economic liberation, financial empowerment and above all the fear of God.

Please give me your support that will help us all to steer the ship of Osun State unto the harbour of greatness. 

Below are my contacts for advice, suggestions and support demonstrations.;

Elder George Tunde Adedeji

Adedeji House,

Oke Church, Gbongan.

State of Osun

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Rivers Soot Menace: APC Knocks Wike for Accusing Federal Government

Posted on April 20, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

..Says Wike is the main destructive machine decimating Rivers State and her people

DR IKANYA IBIAMU DAVIES THE APC RS INTERIM CHAIRMANRivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described as most unfortunate, despicable and disheartening that Governor Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike of Rivers State could use the visit of a delegation of an international body like the United Nations (UN) to degenerate and lampoon the APC led Federal Government as being behind the black soot currently ravaging the State.

The party said by this act, Wike has exposed himself as an unpatriotic, despicable, ignorant character and unfit to occupy the exalted office of the Governor of a high class State like Rivers State.

The party in a statement issued by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the Rivers State APC Chairman on Friday stated that Gov. Wike has not ceased to use any forum to expose his unpatriotic mind and hatred for the APC led Federal Government just because the party truncated the ambitious plot of his party – the PDP to continue to loot their common patrimony with impunity for the next fifty years.

The accusation by Wike that, “if we must move on, we must situate the cause of the soot and the fact that the Federal Government has decided to make sure that a greater percentage of the state dies” exposes Wike as an ignorant leader who have refused to study, cooperate and assist the relevant government agencies to tackle the menace that the soot posses to the health of Nigerians residing in Rivers State just because of his selfishness and personal aggrandizement.

By accusing the Federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari of such unfounded heinous act knowing very well that we as a political party have with other stakeholders cried and pleaded for the Rivers State Government to converge a stakeholders’ meeting for us to deliberate and find a way out of this mess but to no avail. The party notes with sadness that all our efforts to draw Wike’s attention on how to tackle this menace failed on deaf ears instead he (Wike) was busy dancing macabre dance with the lives of Rivers State people”, Chief Eze said.

The party expressed gratitude that the position of the Federal Government on the causes of the black soot presently being experienced in Port Harcourt and environs is because of the activities of illegal oil refiners, bunkers and burning of tyres by most of the over 100 abattoirs operating in the State” tallies with our position as we have on several fora maintained that contrary to the accusation by Wike that the black soot is not caused by any Federal Government Agency but by the activities of illegal oil refineries and bunkering of which Wike and most of his cohorts are key sponsors.

The party maintained that if any group is behind the unfortunate state of Rivers State as regards of attempting to decimate the lives of Rivers State people through the use of the menace of soot then Wike,  his government and cohorts sponsoring illegal oil refineries in the State should be held responsible.

The party reassured the Rivers State people not minding the frustration the security agencies are facing to eliminate the activities of the illegal refineries and bunkering, “we will intensify efforts to assist the relevant agencies to find solution to this menace.”

The party admonished Governor Wike to start preparing for a life outside Government as no matter the amount of blackmail or sponsorship of falsehoods against President Buhari and the APC he (WIKE) is doomed as no force will save him from being disgraced out of the Brick House come 2019 so that Rivers State will be liberated from his evil government.

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA Media and Public Affairs Consultant to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State

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My chances are bright – Tunde Adedeji

Posted on April 19, 2018. Filed under: news |

adedejiElder Tunde Adedeji on Thursday indicated that he would be the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee for governor in Osun State.

“My chances of becoming the party’s candidate and winning the next governorship election in Osun State are bright” he said.

In an interview in Lagos, Adedeji said he had to join the gubernatorial race to bring in the much needed investment to develop the state, harness the huge resources, shore up revenue and fill the gap in infrastructure.

“I have what it takes in terms of exposure, education and vision to lead Osun State to the next level of development. I have been in politics since 1998. Prior to that, I was active in student politics, a king maker and parliamentarian during my days in University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (OAU)). Nobody could have been president of the Students Union without my input. I attempted the House of Representatives in 1999 and my ticket was ceded to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. I cooperated with Chief Bisi Akande, our great leader, political father, mentor and great coach. I have been a loyal party man. I have gained a lot from our progressive leaders. I am a key player in Osun Politics. The greatest travail of the progressives was the struggle for the actualization of the mandate of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. I am glad that I was part of the process. I am able to mix maximally with different kinds of people –Youth, women, the old, privileged and under privileged. I have a lot of contacts both locally and internationally that can be harnessed to bring in the much needed investment to develop the state. I served as the chairman of two companies within the Oodua Group of Companies, Askar Paints Nigeria Limited and Wrought Iron Nigeria Limited. I want to leave a legacy of good governance” he said.

A grassroots politician and a native of Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State, Adedeji said he would fight the election on economic issues.

“Osun should not be a poor state. The state is endowed. If given the mandate, I will leverage on the infrastructural development efforts of the incumbent. All that is needed is a visionary leader, who can think out of the box, come up with solutions that will address the paucity of development in the state. Osun is an agrarian community. We have to increase productivity through massive investment in agriculture, agroindustry and agribusiness. I am committed to building a state where there would be economic buoyancy, a hub of modern development and beehive of business investments and employment generation activities.”

He promised to create new jobs, ensure proper training and enabling environment for the civil servants in the state.

“Work is the antidote to poverty” he said.

Adedeji who praised Major General Leo Segun Ajiborisa (Rtd), Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke (of blessed memory), Navy Commodore Anthony Udofia, Brigadier General Anthony Obi, Brigadier General Theophilus Bamgboye, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for contributing towards the development of the state promised to lead an all-inclusive government, bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, provide developmental initiatives and encourage women by reserving forty percent of appointment for them.

“Having garnered experiences in private and government agencies, I have decided to bring to bear the flourishing and unending exposure I have acquired over the years to serve my people. I feel there is no better time than to contribute at a higher pedestal to the development of Osun State than 2018. I have been in public administration and business for years. All I can do is to strive to do better.”

Adedeji, one of the APC leaders in Osun, represents the state as a member of the Technical Committee on Regional Integration of Western Nigeria.

He served as a board member of the Agricultural Development Corporation of The State of Osun.

Currently, he is a Director of Skyrun Cocoa Processing Company Ede.


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‘Rein in your gunmen and stop endangering lives of Rivers people’ – APC Tells Gov. Wike

Posted on April 17, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said is miffed and highly disturbed that since the nomination process for a legally compromised local government council election for chairmen and councillors by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, shootings and maiming have, once again, resumed across Rivers State, adding that it is important to mention that the charade of an election is being organized by the PDP and for the PDP even though some fringe parties claim to participate.

In a press release by the Rivers APC State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone said that it is shocking to note that mere primaries for chairmen and councillors for a supposed local council election will result in the large scale shootings, maiming and violence that are now further compounding the dangers of kidnapping, robberies and killings that Rivers people and residents are living under.

The statement read: “It is important to mention that the ongoing PDP-on-PDP orgy of violence underscores our consistent position that Gov. Wike and the PDP are responsible for the spate of killings and violence that have bedevilled Rivers State before, during and after the 2015 and subsequent elections in Rivers State. These killings, whether in ONELGA or other areas of Rivers State, members of the APC have remained the target. So far, over 1000 APC souls have been lost to this PDP violence in the State from 2014 to date.

“Curiously but noteworthy is that, with the eruption of violence in the ongoing PDP council primaries in Rivers State, all doubts about those who are responsible for the electoral violence in the State have been cleared. Sadly, the violence by PDP members on fellow PDP members still carry collateral consequences on law-abiding people and residents of Rivers State including peace-loving members of the APC.

“Again, even as resort to violence takes centre stage in the ongoing PDP primaries, other electoral malfeasance are reportedly being perpetrated across the State. In Isiokpo, one Chukwudi Dimkpa has accused Gov. Wike and his henchmen of imposition of candidates. In Etche, materials were reportedly hijacked and aspirants beaten into coma. In Ibaa, individuals diverted materials. Similar cases have been reported across the State.

“The APC believes that the present electoral malfeasance by the PDP has cleared all doubts and re-affirmed that PDP and its members are responsible for all deaths, pains and agonies the people and residents of Rivers State have had to go through from 2014 to date. To the PDP, electoral misbehaviour is ingrained in their DNA hence the ease with which they unleash it even upon their own members.

“Gov. Nyesom Wike must go beyond disqualifying his gun-toting boys from contesting PDP primaries, he must rein them in and allow law-abiding citizens to have their peace across the State. It is said that you may borrow trouble but you should not lend it to your neighbour.

“More importantly, the APC calls on the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command and all other heads of security agencies in the State to do the needful to ensure that the PDP-on-PDP violence currently pervading the state is contained from spilling out into full scale war. Residents and people of Rivers State have been through too much, further pains should not be brought on innocent people by a bunch of blood-thirsty hooligans whose only pathway to electoral office is violence, killing and maiming having learnt same from their leader, Gov. Nyesom Wike.”




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NGO Blasts Former SSG Prof Bernard Odoh

Posted on April 16, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

… Describes His Absence In Umahi’s Administration As Inconsequential

…Reiterates that Gov. Umahi’s Second Term Bid Is None Negotiable

Lady Monica Chidinma Eze has described as unfortunate and unnecessary the noise being generated about the removal of Prof Bernard Odoh as the Secretary to the Ebonyi State Government by Governor Dave Nweze Umahi.

According to Lady Eze, the President of David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) a vibrant, virile grassroots NGO based in Abakaliki the capital of Ebonyi State, “I am not comfortable about the attention being generated about the ouster of the immediate past SSG, Prof Bernard Odoh as he doesn’t deserve such attention. This is a man who contested a senatorial post in an opposing political platform, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and failed woefully and Governor Umahi in demonstration of his magnanimity appointed such a character to the sensitive and key office of the SSG of the State.

Lady Eze who also act as a Technical Assistant on Media to Governor Umahi described Prof Bernard Odoh as a modern Judas Iscariot, for having the audacity and impetus to attempt to disparage the person and personality of Governor Umahi in his good for nothing letter instead of being grateful to the Governor for resituating and reviving his political fortunes after failing woefully in his senatorial bid.

Monica Eze AKA Ada Ebonyi went further to congratulate the new Secretary to the Ebonyi Government (SSG), Dr Hygenius Nwokwu whom she described as a better and thorough politician whose inputs towards the PDP success during the 2015 general elections need not be overemphasized.

According to the fiery lady, Dr Nwokwu’s wealth of experience is what is needed at this period to revive and oil the once dormant office of the SSG during the inglorious era of Prof Odoh. We as an organization is convinced that Dr Nwokwu will bring to bear his past enviable experiences to regenerate the engine room of this administration based on his previous appointments as Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Rural Development and Commissioner in the Ebonyi Civil Service Commission and as a Permanent Member in Ebonyi Secondary Education Board (SEB), Ada Eze highlighted.

The President of DUNAETA whose main goal is to ensure the re-election of Governor Umahi during the 2019 general elections highlighted that in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness, Governor Umahi must be allowed to complete his eight years tenure as the gang up to truncate this move will be the highest injustice against the Southern senatorial zone of Ebonyi State after that both the Northern zone of the State through Senator Sam Egwu and the Central Senatorial zone through Chief Martins Elechi were all allowed to complete their two terms bid.

The TA on Media to Governor Umahi reiterated that the NGO is not campaigning for the re-election of Governor Umahi because of politics but because Governor Umahi has redefined governance in Ebonyi State through his empowerment scheme that have touched almost every family in Ebonyi State. Apart from this, his infrastructural revolution is very visible even to the blind, his feats in the Education, Health talkless of the Agriculture sector where he has made the State a reference point and example to both the Federal Government and most of the State Governments. Nobody can deny the Visible Developmental Strides of the Umahi led Administration which makes his second term tenure bid none negotiable.

Monica reassured Governor Umahi not to be disappointed by the gang up and gathering of those who are jealous of his feats as their gathering is not of God Almighty as God who made him Governor with Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe as his Deputy when in the eyes of human beings it wasn’t possible will work out their re-election in His own way come 2019.

The NGO President finally commended both the Conference of Commissioners and Conference of Special Assistants to Governor Umahi for their bold steps in condemning the pranks of Prof Odoh and his cohorts and disassociating themselves from their ignominious plot aimed at embarrassing the administration of Governor Umahi and urged them to stand united in their support to the present administration in the State so that collectively so as to take Ebonyi State to the promise land.


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Winners of 2018 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards Announced

Posted on April 11, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Swakopmund, Namibia, 9 April 2018: Odimegwu Onwuwere, a journalist with Odimegwu Onwumere in a group picture with other recipients and two of the judgesNigeria’s Africa Prime News has bagged the Pan African Journalist of the Year Award for the 2018 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards sponsored by Continental Reinsurance.

A press release by Ceciliah Kimuyu, Senior Account Manager at Continental Reinsurance PLC, there were three categories of the awards but Onwumere emerged the overall winner.

Onwumere’s winning article titled, Africa emerging new frontier in the reinsurance markets investigates how foreign insurers that once rebuked Africa due to economic instability are now swarming for businesses on the continent because the sector is becoming alluring and dynamic due to unswerving GDP growth.

Otiato Guguyu, a Business and Data Journalist with Standard Group Kenya won the Best Re/Insurance Industry Feature Article for his story, Business of protecting wealth from drought that talks about how an insurance scheme that was introduced in the dry regions of Kenya is cushioning farmers from losses; while  Adenike Popoola, Chief Correspondent of Nigerian’s The Punch newspaper emerged the winner for Best Re/Insurance Industry Analysis and Commentary for her article, Foreigners taking over Nigerian insurance industry, which discusses how the recapitalisation trend is transforming the insurance industry and its expectations in the future. 

At the same time, Gareth Stokes, a seasoned financial journalist working with Commercial Risk Africa (CRA) in South Africa won a special award in recognition of his exemplary contribution to Re/ Insurance journalism and was recommended to become a judge in future editions. Gareth emerged the Pan African Journalist of the Year in 2017 awards.

The winners were announced at a Gala dinner held during Continental Reinsurance’s CEO Summit held on April 9th 2018 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr. Femi Oyetunji, Continental Reinsurance’s Group Managing Director noted, “The Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards are an extension of our continued commitment to advance excellence in the sector. I am glad this year’s entries not only improved in quality, but they also came from a wider range of countries, and with more diverse insurance topics being featured by journalists. We will be including two new categories in next year’s Awards – for broadcast and online entries, and I would like to encourage TV, radio and online journalists to participate.”Odimegwu Onwumere with the Director-CEO of Continental Reinsurance PLC Dr Femi Oyetunji

The winners will win a combination of financial and practical training prizes to include… The overall winner will also win a fully-paid trip to attend CRA’s training in London, UK including a one-week internship.

The third edition of the journalism awards received 61 entrants from 15 English and French speaking countries including: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Mauritius and Zambia for Anglophones; Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo for Francophones.

The entries were assessed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges, which comprised of 5 insurance and business media experts: Nadia Mensah Acogny, Journalist, Forbes Afrique; Tony van Niekerk, Editor, Cover Publications; Afif Ben Yedder, Founder, IC Publications; Michael Wilson, Business & Finance Journalist and Kenneth Igbomor, Market News Editor (West Africa), CNBC Africa.

I have had the honour of being a judge for two consecutive years, and I would like to note that the quality of entries has significantly improved. There were also more contenders for the top scores than there were last year, which is encouraging progress,’’ noted Nadia Mensah Acogny, Chairperson of the 2018 Judging Panel.

Odimegwu Onwumere making a speach at the awards ceremonyCommenting on the French entries, Ms. Nadia said, “There are many excellent francophone journalists on the continent, who should rise and compete with their fellow business journalists by participating in these awards. I would like to encourage French writers to submit their entries for the 2019 awards.”

Continental Reinsurance initiated the journalism awards in 2015 to recognise and acknowledge the good work of media on the continent. Journalists are required to demonstrate how their articles raised awareness and understanding of the re/insurance sector in Africa.


About Continental Reinsurance

Continental Reinsurance is a composite reinsurer, writing business in more than 50 countries across the African continent. Established in 1985 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2007, Continental Reinsurance provides support to over 200 insurance companies in Africa with its main offices in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana.  It also has a specialist subsidiary – Continental Property and Engineering Risk Services (CPERS) – registered in South Africa.


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