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Bukola Saraki abandons APC and returns  to PDP

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Nigeria’s Senate president on Tuesday became the latest senior politician to leave the ruling party, dealing a new blow to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of an election next year. Bukola Saraki, the country’s third most senior politician, defected to rejoin the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), becoming the most high-profile figure to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC).



Last week, 16 lawmakers in the upper house left the APC, as did 32 in the lower house and this month an APC faction said it no longer backed Buhari. The loss of influential figures and divisions in the party peels support from Buhari within powerful patronage networks and among voters ahead of the election scheduled for February 2019.


“After extensive consultations I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Saraki said in a statement. “Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”


The PDP welcomed Saraki from the APC alongside Ahmed Abdulfatah, governor of Saraki’s home state of Kwara in central Nigeria. The country’s ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, also defected to the PDP after resigning his post, the PDP said.



A spokesman for Buhari said the APC would comment later.


The opposition PDP said on Twitter Saraki had “dumped the failed and dysfunctional” APC. The PDP was in power from the start of civilian rule in 1999 until Buhari took office in 2015. The APC coalition united to unseat Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 but it is now divided between Buhari loyalists and those who say they have been targeted by him.



Saraki’s supporters said he had for years been targeted by the presidency. He has been dogged by accusations of misconduct and investigations since taking the post in 2015 with the support of opposition lawmakers but has not been convicted. Saraki’s defection was expected, said Antony Goldman of Nigeria-focused PM Consulting, saying that defections to the APC helped Buhari to defeat Jonathan.



“The challenge now for the opposition will be to overcome factional differences and personal ambitions and find, at this relatively late stage, a credible candidate to challenge President Buhari next February,” he said.  Nigeria’s main opposition parties earlier in July agreed to form an alliance to field a joint candidate to contest the election.


Buhari said in April he would seek another term and he looks set to receive party approval. Party primaries to choose presidential candidates run from Aug. 18 to Oct. 7.  Divisions in the APC emerged since its conference in June when new party leaders were elected and others saw their hopes of party advancement dashed. All but two of the 16 senators who left the APC last week joined the opposition PDP. As a result, the APC has lost its Senate majority.



“Leadership is an elusive concept, defined by many, but achieved by few.” John W Stanko



Kenya with a population of about 51.10 million, speaks Swahili, Dholuo, and Sheng languages. Regaled in African Safari, Magnificent Indian Ocean coastline, Great Rift Valley, Africa’s peak Mount Kilimanjaro, world’s net producer of coffee and East-Africa dominant and economic hub.



Kenya has had a fair share of political upheavals from Daniel Arap Moi to Mwai Kibaki to the Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya has to battle political forces and they comes out stronger. In a historic ruling and a first in Africa, Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the re-election of a sitting president, ordering a new vote to be held within 60 days. Justice David Maraga became Africa’s finest moment in judiciary history when Kenya Supreme Court headed by Justice David Maraga nullify August 8th, 2017 Kenya election that re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta by Raila Odinga in what election observers termed; “the most expensive election in history”, costing over $1 billion.



Kenya Supreme court ordered an election re-run. The whole world holds her breath as Kenyans went back to the polls in which Raila Odinga withdrew from the race citing Kenya’s Electoral Commission complicity and lack of confidence to hold and organize a free and fair election. Ezra Chiloba, the chief executive officer of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was later forced to resigned along with members of Kenya Independent Electoral and  Boundaries Commission.



Kenya was at the edge of dis-integration, but the political will of Kenyans was undying and they forged ahead in unity. The political will of Kenyans was put to test and they surmounted it, with Raila Odinga sworn-in himself in as People’s President. The rest is history!



With al-Shaabab terrorists to battle, political upheavals, corruption and environmental catastrophe, Kenya has indeed take these multiple challenges headlong and speedily recovering from these catastrophes. Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has taken the war against corruption to a phenomenal dimensions. Charging high profile politicians, public officials and agencies to court and sentencing same!



South-Africa with a population of 52 million people, a member of G-5 Countries called BRICS; Brazil, Russia, India, China, South-Africa, the world’s second economic biggest economic block after the G-7 Countries; USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, Italy, France, UK, Africa’s economic hub, the longest railway network in Africa, estimated at 20,192 kilometres and the 14th longest in the world, which represents about 80% of Africa’s total rail network and has been battling corruption related cases.



Former South-Africa president, Jacob Zuma fall from grace to grass in a corruption scandal associated with Guptagate. Jacob Zuma’s government was embedded in high profile corruption cases and it’s eventual disgrace from office.



After the incumbent South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa, a former president of Conference of South Africa Trade Unions, COSATU, emerged as the new South-Africa president after taking over from Jacob Zuma. Cyril Ramaphosa took a clean sweep of South-Africa corruption ridden system and Cyril Ramaphosa is gradually restoring the confidence of South-Africans back. South-Africa; The Home of Table Mountains, Kruger Park, Robben Island, Eve’s Footprints, Cape of Good Hope, the White Sand Beaches of Sun City. Will South-Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa succeed in restoring South-Africa back to Africa’s economic, tourist and transportation hub?



Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari ascended the office on 29th, May, 2015 and promised to put to an end according to him Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 16 years of financial profligacy, corruption medal award and administrative recklessness. Three years and two months down the line, the battle is yet to start. President Muhammadu Buhari is still battling his own words!



Nigeria with a population of 200 million people, emerging as the new poverty capital of the world and overtaking India. With 6 Nigerians receding to poverty line in every minutes! About 87 million Nigerians lives in an abject poverty, due to entrenched and institutionalized corruption and corrupt practices.



Virtually, with everything working and going against the tide of governance, and development. Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude oil producer and the sixth largest in the world. With a daily crude oil production of 1.8 million barrel’s per day, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries quota. Yet, Nigerian’s are at the mercy of corrupt laden official’s and politicians, with crude oil theft of over 450,000 barrels daily!



Nigeria’s government unearth from Mrs Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, former Minister of Petroleum Resources an estimated $90 billion, in what government referred to as the “biggest looting scandal in the country history”. Mrs Diezani Alison-Maduekwe is described as Looting Cancer Patient, incurable appetite for looting, a ‘Kleptomaniac’. The recent return of $322.5 million Sanni Abacha’s loot from Switzerland to the Nigeria government is said to have been dis-appropriately shared!



Chad’s Hissen Habre was jailed for life in Senegal, Congo Democratic Republic, Zaire’s Mobutu Seseko died in Morocco while in exile, Liberia’s Charles Taylor in jail in Austria, Ethiopia’s Megistu Haile Mariam fled to Zimbabwe, Burkina Fasso’s Blaise Compaore fled to Ivory Coast, Gambia’s Yahaya Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea, Somalia’s Mohammed Siad Barre fled to Nigeria, Uganda’s Idi Amin fled to Saudi Arabia and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma in court.\



Corruption has crippled Africa’s development. Is there anything left to steal in Africa by it’s leaders & rulers?


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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey On the 19th of July 2018 announced  that  the former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been appointed to the  Board of Directors, as new independent director of Twitter with immediate effect.  Also, Robert Zoellick, Chairman of Alliance Bernstein Holding was added to the board of Twitter.



Dorsey utilising his own Twitter account to made the announcement:
"We’re adding Ngozi (@NOIweala) and Bob (@authorzoellick) to the Twitter board. Welcome! Sadly we’re also saying farewell to our friend Marjorie (@marjscar). She’s been an amazing advocate for journalists everywhere, and pushed us constantly to better inform people. Thank you M."


The Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani further delineated on the reason these both distinguished personalities Okonjo Iweala  and Zoellick were named to board of directors.


His words : “Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise,” he said. “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.” 



OkonjoIweala replied with her Twitter account:
"Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas."
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan(GEJ), former president of Nigeria  congratulated OkonjoIweala who served in his administration as finance minister  and posted on his facebook account that " 


On OkonjoIweala appointment to the Twitter's board, her former boss, ex-president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan(GEJ) reacted affirmatively and posted a congratulatory message on his Facebook page account. He acknowledged the competence of the acclaimed economist  and her contribution in making the economy of Nigeria became the largest in Africa.

The July Ekiti governorship election will be a gateway to Nigeria’s 2019 election. 



The Ekiti election will be a barometer, if not an indicator to measure the well being of democracy in Nigeria. It will say more about Nigeria more than a brand manager will shovel on CNN, New York Times or Washington Post.  If the election becomes successful it adds a feather to the country’s cap, but if not the poor branding of the country will be in a slippery slope.



Even before the election, the pandemonium emanating from Ekiti State is not encouraging. We are now reading in newspapers and viewing on television on the ordeal of Governor Fayose .  There is no way to verify what really happened but the optics is not good for the country.



At this moment in the country there are so many issues that are threatening to the stability and security of the nation. Lives are being lost in the encounters between the herdsmen and farmers, the economic growth is anemic and people’s optimism is giving room to doom and gloom. But Nigeria must be better than this and this is not the time to allow rolling thunderous darkness to engulf the political landscape.



The image of a country speaks volume of a nation and has more consequences that meet the eye. The economy of a nation is also affected by its image and perception because of the globalization of the world economy.  There is no investor who desires to put his money or capital in a troubled area that will not yield a maximum return. Whether we are aware of this or not, nations are in competition with each other for the attraction of scarce investors and investments. When investors hear barrage of bad news coming out of Nigeria, it may detracts investment impulse and the geographical location in Nigeria notwithstanding.

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Rudimentary economics 101 taught us that the resources and capitals are limited in supply, therefore locomote to environments that are conducive for growth and blossoming dividends. This assertion implies that competitions for resources are paramount and the best prepared gains the victory for the incubation of the resources. The best possible way to gain advantage is to have PEACE and STABILITY.




What I am about to say now may sound like an esoteric intellectual exercise, but it is the reality in this era of trade and industrial globalization.  The winners of the election are not actually the person that won the election but the individuals that make sure that peace and tranquility reign for the interest of his citizens and country.




The citizens of Nigeria are in dire need of basic needs of existence, and the matter is not getting better because the population growth is greater than the economic growth.  While the population of Nigeria is growing at almost 3 percent, the economy is decelerating at the abysmal rate of less than 1 percent.  That is unsustainable for country cannot provide its teeming population of youths with livable employments. 




If Ekiti governorship election degenerates into malpractice and violence, then Nigeria loses because it will impel potential investors to turn away and go to favorable destination.  But most importantly, it will eviscerate the already dimming image and put a branding that is antithesis to our desired outcome.



emekaEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

"African Citizens Must Stop Voting for Old Aged Men Above 70yrs Into Leadership" - Kofi Annan


Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general has blamed poor state of goverance in Africa due old aged men in power.  The former UN Boss made the observation in Namibia  at the just concluded  world changers  summit .

His words:  “Africa has great values to depend upon, Africa could be independent, but we have too many old men at the presidency, some are above 70yrs, and what do you expect them to do?”.

This shocking view was made to inspire Africans to choose a more younger and better men and women into power rather than old men. Ghana is a typical example where the peace maker hails from. check the list below to see the number of African leaders Kofi Annan is talking about.


Annan further stressed that: ‘African politicians must learn to retire at a minimum age of 70yrs, but rather we have packed old men in our leadership, how could we move forward. Some are even above 80yrs and still ruling’


Kofi Annan was encouraging youthful goverance and leadership in Africa. But he is not the only one singing the forbidden song .  ​Renowned philanthropist, ​Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim has also in the past challenged the young people to rise to the challenge of governing the continent and relinquish  old aged leadership.



Mo” Ibrahim  said, “You see people at 90 years and about to start new terms, you guys are crazy or what (he said referring to youths in attendance). “We see people in wheelchairs unable to raise hands standing for election. This is a joke; you are free to laugh…the whole world already laughing at us."

"The US, the most important country in the world, like it or not…Obama who is half African anyway was 46, 47 years. If ​Obama was in Kenya, ​what would he be doing, ​he would ​be driving bus​ maybe.​ “And he was not youngest president. (Bill) Clinton and (JF) Kennedy were even younger. ​Why these big countries lead… men in their 40s entrust their nuclear weapon, economies, all resources. And we only pick up men at 90s to lead us; to lead us where? To the grave?"


Credits: howafrica, daily post

“Let Us Build A Medical Center in Umuoji” -  Chief (Dr.)  Ide Okoye

 

At the concluded July 2018 Umuoji convention held in New Jersey USA, the current president general of Umuoji Improvement Union of North America Chief Ide Okoye pushes a bold and ambitious agenda.

Dr. Victor Ide-Okoye  -  “Ide of Umuoji” “Ichie Idejuogwugwu” called on all Umuoji natives worldwide to rise to the task of building a great and prosperous Umuoji. His clarion call was centered and focused on the tall order of building an “ultra modern medical facility for our beloved town Umuoji.”


Since the energetic and enterprising Ide Okoye was elected president UIU/North America he did assure that his effort and administration will be grounded in community development and transparency.


Speaking to AFRIPOL in September 2017 interview on his agenda, he proclaimed: “We have a slew of things on our agenda. We plan on visiting some of our branches, opening more branches, creating a UIU North America Youth Wing, and embarking on more Medical missions in Umuoji and possibly build another health Center in Umuoji. Also making sure that we do what is necessary in terms of security to keep our folks in Umuoji safe.”


At the convention in New Jersey USA, Ide Okoye put forward the agenda of building a Medical Center in Umuoji in order to alleviate the suffering of our people in Umuoji that lack medical infrastructure to attend to their health needs. The building of a well equipped medical center will enhance and sustain the health well being of Umuoji community.

Okoye emphasized in the speech he delivered at convention on the benefits of providing affordable and proximity medical center to those residing in Umuoji and beyond. He urged every able men and women of Umuoji to contribute in making the task a successful endeavor.

His words: “Today we are raising money to build a modern medical Center in Umuoji, our home town. Back home in Umuoji Anambra State, Nigeria, when most of our people become sick, the first thing they do is to go to nearby local store (chemist) and buy medicine to self-medicate. Often times, these self-medication ends in disastrous consequences.”

 

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He further stressed: “Most recently so many young Umuojians are dying from very minor and curable ailments and the way to stop premature deaths is to erect a Modern Medical Center and properly equip it.”

 

Dr. Ide Okoye called the task of building a Medical Health Center in Umuoji a “noble project” and implored for a collective effort of making it a reality.

 

 

 


Image may contain: Emeka Chiakwelu, smiling, standingEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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