When the progenitors and ubiquitous sycophants of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, claimed with curious and condescending certitude years back that the former ruling party would be in power for 60years, they obviously did not reckon with the invincible electoral power vested in the people. Well, the party did rule for 16years, not 60, before being swept away by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 general election.
Apart from losing the presidency, the party lost many traditional states to the drumbeats of change as beaten by the APC. You know the rest of the story of the PDP’s fall from the zenith to zero.
As things stand now, the PDP is dangerously cliffhanging as many of those that benefitted from it, those who swore by its green-white-red colours during bloom time, have jumped ship. Those who didn’t seek pastures greener have been cowed into ominous silence and acute paranoia as the fear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is a constant shadow in their lives these days.
With the consequent resignation of its former national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, rechristened ‘Game-Changer’ during electioneering in May 2015, paving the way for the emergence of his deputy, Uche Secondus, from Rivers State, to take over the reins of the party.
If Secondus thought he was home to roost, he underestimated the agitation, angst and anger of some party leaders who maintained that the position should be reserved for the northeast since Mu’azu, from Bauchi State, did not complete his term.
Leading the opposition vanguard was Ahmed Gulak, former senior special assistant on political matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan who actually instituted a case against the leadership of the party at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, and got judgment in his favour.
Gulak’s riotous invasion of the PDP secretariat however prompted an emergency meeting of PDP governors, who then asked Secondus to step down in compliance with the court order that gave him a 14-day ultimatum to do so.
Consequently, Sheriff was appointed at a meeting attended by the party’s governors and other stakeholders but his appointment was rejected by many party leaders including National Assembly members and the Board of Trustees owing to his purported affiliation with Boko Haram.
However, beleaguered PDP’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said Sheriff’s selection was ratified by the party’s National Working Committee, Governors’ Forum and National Caucus. He did not however mention the National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the highest party organ after the Convention. In his acceptance speech, Sheriff pledged to midwife a smooth convention that would usher in new executives for the party and galvanise all party members and structures into action to ensure the re-emergence of the PDP into a formidable force that will retake power in 2019.
In the midst of the pervasive gloom and doom around the party, a new dawn beckons. May 21st has been set aside for the convention of the party. A zoning committee led by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom, zoned the positions of President and Vice President in the 2019 election to the North and South East while the southwest gets the national publicity secretary among other positions.
Now, this is the crux of the matter. Without gainsaying the fact, the incumbent National Publicity Secretary of the party, Metuh, currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly receiving N400 million from the Dasukigate scandal, had done a marvelous job of keeping the opposition on its toes before he was arrested. A fine gentleman and successful lawyer, his erudition and analytical mind were a thorn in the flesh of the APC-led government. It was only tactical albeit disingenuous that he was taken out of the way by the ruling party.
As the PDP puts its house in order, realign its members and prepare for the 2019 elections, starting with the May 21st convention, there is a strategic inevitability to elect a spokesperson who is at once eloquent, perspicacious and fearless. Not surprisingly, the searchlight has already been beamed on Governor Ayo Fayose’s special assistant on communications, Lere Olayinka.
A journalist, public commentator and former media aide to former Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni, Olayinka’s cutting-edge communication skills and fiery bravura and invaluable experience in political communications give him a comparative advantage over the other contenders to the office.
At once Fayose’s muse and mouthpiece, Olayinka is young, urbane and conversant with trends and evolutions in the global political landscape.
He comes well acquitted, no doubt, for the position. And he is already garnering a groundswell of support from even unlikely quarters.
Olayinka’s suitability for the PDP’s publicity secretary job was recently put in perspective by former spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode.
An accustomed and acknowledged smooth talker who served as special assistant on public communications during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, FFK, as he is popularly known can therefore not be accused of infantile flippancy when weighing in on the affairs of his party.
On the evening of Sunday, May 8, FFK posted a tweet from his official twitter account stating, “I wish to express my support for Lere Olayinka for the position of National Publicity Secretary of the PDP. Lere will do an excellent job.” It would be recalled that some time back, renowned Canada-based Professor and public commentator, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, posited; “Lere Olayinka has been consistent with his opposition to Mr. Fayemi’s government.
He has led a very successive Facebook campaign which I follow closely.” Adesanmi further opined, “I have followed Mr. Olayinka long enough to be able to offer a considered assessment of his methods. You may hate the fact that he works for the degenerate PDP establishment (I do) but you cannot take away the empirical thoroughness of his critiques. He is unrelenting.” That is the stuff of Olayinka that he is now being perceived as the catalyst, that individual that can articulately marshal and convey the party’s policies and positions on national issues with grit, gut and gusto.
Article sent in by Seun Oloketuyi, a media entrepreneur
Tony Elumelu Donates Technology Centre To AAU
Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, has made the donation of a multipurpose information technology center to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University.
Through the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Elumelu has championed the construction of a state-of-the-art multipurpose information technology building, which will benefit the students of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State. The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks, and chairs measure 839 square meters and have adjoining offices and conveniences.
Elumelu highlighted his motivation: “Education is crucial to Nigeria’s human capital – whether our young people join our national institutions, the private sector or, as I did, take the entrepreneurial path, no one can afford to be cut off from the digital world. It has been a personal mission to ensure that the hall was delivered to specification, for the benefit of the students at the AAU. Success brings with it the duty to give back, and I am just grateful that I am now in a position to meaningfully help the next generation”.
The multipurpose hall was formally handed over to the University, at a ceremony attended by members of the University’s governing council and staff, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo.
Speaking at the commissioning, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr. Chris Ofikulu, who represented the UBA Group Chairman, highlighted the contribution of UBA, through its Foundation, to education and development across Africa.
‘As a pan-African bank, operating in 20 countries across our continent, UBA is committed to being a socially responsible institution, and a role model for businesses in Africa. The UBA Foundation actively promotes the socio-economic improvement of the communities in which UBA operates, with a particular emphasis on development in the areas of “Education, Environment, and Economic Empowerment”. We believe in intervening and building capacity within communities, facilitating projects that will act as catalysts for social and economic development’ he stated.
“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world-class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria,” he said.
The AAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the gesture by the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most pressing needs of the University for 2020 had been met, and thanked UBA and Mr Elumelu.
He challenged students to make proper use of the facilities provided by UBA and to ensure that they emerge great leaders and mentors like Elumelu, whose commitment to catalyzing entrepreneurial growth across Africa, through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and institutionalizing African philanthropy, had created a strong positive role model. ‘We at Ambrose Ali university are so proud of our son Tony Elumelu and every time we see him doing good across Africa, we feel joy and accomplishment’ said Onimawo.
Nigerian Bottling Company Appoints Matthieu Seguin As Managing Director
Non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) has announced the appointment of Matthieu Seguin as the company’s Managing Director effective October 3, 2019. Seguin succeeds George Polymenakos who was appointed in August 2016.
Until his appointment, he was the General Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland for almost 4 years.
According to a company statement signed by the Public Affairs and Communications Director, Mr. Ekuma Eze, Seguin will lead the organization and it’s over 2,700 employees to deliver growth, business optimization, and profitability for Coca-Cola Hellenic Business in Nigeria.
Eze stated that Seguin is a thoroughbred professional with multi-industry experience and a remarkable track record in business turnaround as well as a strong passion and commitment for people development, having served in different capacities in top management positions.
He further disclosed that Seguin is not new to the company nor the Nigerian business environment, having previously worked in Nigerian Bottling Company as the Commercial Director between 2011 and 2016.
Seguin joined Coca-Cola HBC in December 2009 as Group International Customer Director. In May 2011, he was appointed the Country Commercial Director for Nigerian Bottling Company. Before this, he had worked with Procter and Gamble for almost 18 years in different commercial roles across Europe, Middle East & Africa.
During his time as General Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, Seguin led the organization through a period of considerable success, delivering profitable growth through a focus on prioritization, simplification and team development.
Matthieu Seguin is an alumnus of the INSEAD School of Business, IMD Business School and Ecole de Management de Normandie. He has served on various boards including as Member of Board of Repak Ireland; Member of the IBEC National Council and Chairman of Food Drink, Ireland’s Prepared Consumer Foods Council.
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Aimart Realtors To Reward Customers In Season’ Promo Draws
Aimart Realtors, one of Nigeria’s premium real estate management and development company, will be hosting the grand finale of her special season’s promo on the December, 14th, 2019. The event which will take place at Air force Officers Mess, No 1 kofo Abayomi Lagos will see winners emerge from various categories of a promo many observers regard as top-notch in this season of a giveaway.
The current Aimart Realtors Promo does not just have huge reductions in the prices of houses and plots of land at all Aimart estates in Ibeju-Lekki and Lagos Mainland, there is a special top-up as customer who makes deposits for any package will smile home with lots of goodies to celebrate this year’s yuletide holidays and new year season.
In a statement issued by the company, the Managing Director Mrs. Oluwabukola Iluyomade, stated that the organization wants to excite all Nigerians during this season as they take advantage of the heavy discount on various packages in all their estates across different parts of Lagos.
In her words, “the vision of Aimart Realtors is to be a one-stop solution in the global real estate business. Besides, we are equally poised to provide precise, accurate and affordable real estate services that guarantee human dignity, wealth creation, and preservation for our esteemed customers.
“As the season approaches, we decided to provide this icing on the cake for all, right from the first day of October we started the promo till this December that we are ending this special promo”
She added that the excitement of this event is meant to wow everyone and set the stage for a bigger, better and fun-filled new year,
Since its establishment years ago, Aimart Realtors has successfully provided client-oriented solutions and real estate portfolios that offer optimized shelters for both individuals and businesses.
Over time, the company has remained consistent with its vision as “a one-stop solution provider in the global real estate business” and thus continues to design, conceptualize, build and manage decent and affordable residential, office, commercial accommodations that are excellent for habitation and investment.
The company has also created a top-notch standard in delivering worry-free-homes to customers at home and in the diaspora. Giving optimum value to virtually all her clients.
In all her jobs and activities, Aimart Realtors has maintained a clean record of delivering exceptional services in all areas of land documentation, survey plan, C of O and gazette processing and these have kept customers coming back with great satisfaction.
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