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42--- VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 •Buhari: Some Igbo leaders say he is their best route to the presidency IT was not too long ago just a whispering campaign by some Igbo Buharists that the quickest way to achieve the dream of enthroning a Nigerian president from the Southeast was to ensure President Muhammadu Buhari returns for a second term. It was a campaign the likes of Osita Okechukwu, the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria; VON sought to mobilise fellow Igbo to support a man that the gross majority of his people had over time rejected in successive elections. But now what was once said in a whisper seems to have become a near-official singsong of the emerging 2019 campaign for the president. An indication of the adoption of that strategy was given last Tuesday when the Ebonyi chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC visited Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF in his office in Abuja. “Preach it to the other south-east states that the shortest way to Igbo presidency is to support Buhari in 2019,” Mustapha told the visiting delegation. Even before then, Rotimi Amaechi who steered Buhari’s campaign in 2015 and who has again been appointed to manage the 2019 campaign provoked Igbo consciousness with his claim that Ndigbo should seek forgiveness for not voting Buhari in 2015. Speaking at a lecture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka last month, while drumming the need for Ndigbo to vote Buhari in 2019, so that they can aspire to the presidency after that, Amaechi had said:“You (Igbo) did not vote for Buhari, true or false? You voted for PDP and what did they do for you? PDP abandoned the Enugu- Onitsha expressway since 1999, but Buhari is working on it, true or false? “Buhari is working on the BUHARI: Short-cut to Igbo president of Nigeria? CHAMPIONS of the emergence of a Nigeria president from the Southeast are advocating the return of President Muhammadu Buhari as the shortest route to their desire. By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor •Kalu: Buhari •Amaechi: Seeks apology from Igbo •Amaechi: Ndigbo should apologise second Niger Bridge; he is working on the Otuocha- Ibaji-Abuja road, he is working on the Abakaliki- Onueke road, he is working on the Oji-Achi-Naku road in Enugu state, he is also working on Ozalla-Akpugo- Amagunze road. He is working on the Aba-Ikot Ekpene road. “Under Buhari, all major cities of the south-East are captured in the existing railway project. Name one government that has done up to this within two years. Our problem is that we are just emotional. “Igbo should go for confession, seek forgiveness and move into a national party, and look for ways to fight from inside.” The calculation of the Buharists is that after spending the maximum two terms in office, that the ruling APC would zone the presidency to the Southeast. Okechukwu echoed that sentiment yesterday in a statement he issued to echo the advice given by Mustapha to the Ebonyi APC delegation. “I am glad that my boss, the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Barrister Boss Mustapha has added his voice with his candid advice to Ndigbo. We have serially shouted on top of our voices, reminding Ndigbo of the imperative of voting for Buhari, so as to harvest the golden opportunity provided by the presidential zoning convention between Northern and Southern geopolitical zones in 2023.” “Buhari is the only president in the last 19 years who deemed it fit to construct the 2nd Niger Bridge, to revamp dilapidated South East road infrastructure and is the only Northerner bound by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to exit in 2023. This is the shortest route, as any other Northerner is 2027” Okechukwu said. Going further Okechukwu asked Ndigbo, “shall we continue sulking marginalisation, and lamentation; instead of grabbing the opportunity providence has provided us with both hands? Am pretty sure that our South West and South South brothers and sisters in APC will in the spirit of equity and natural justice support us if we support Buhari.” Okechukwu’s campaign is now resonating among the top echelons of the Igbo in the APC. Mr. Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff to Governor leading APC governorship aspirant in Imo State, joined the singsong last Tuesday when he said that electing Buhari to power in 2019 will bring the Igbo closer to the presidency. Speaking to reporters in Owerri on how the nomination of an Igbo person as the running mate by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP could affect the APC in the Southeast, Nwosu was quick to advice his people not to •Osita: An early Buhari sidekick be taken in by the PDP’s teaser. “Vice Presidential slot to South East zone in any party including the PDP is a complete waste because what a president can achieve in one day, a vice president cannot achieve in eight years.” He further stated: “Aside from the Igbo presidency which Buhari’s second term will secure for the Igbo, he has also done very well for the Southeast. “With Buhari’s declaration for a second term, the Igbo will only have to wait for four years before producing the next president. So, there is need for every Igbo man irrespective of political party affiliation to support Buhari’s re-election bid. Other Igbo political leaders notably Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator Ken Nnamani have lately been in the frontline of the campaign for Buhari for turned the fortunes of the state around. Excerpts. GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu seems to be enjoying massive endorsements across Abia state, as his Chief Press Secretary, do these endorsements represent the true position of •Ikpeazu Abians? THE Governor is enjoying massive endorsements permanently solved. Abians across the state not just are seeing the making of a from our party the PDP 6 lane Port Harcourt road alone. The support and that was abandoned for endorsements asking the more than 12 years. Why will Governor to re-contest in they not ask for continuity? 2019 are from Abians from So the support and various political and endorsements are real and religious leaning. What from Abians at home and in Governor Ikpeazu has the diaspora. done so far in Abia is But the opposition is unheard of since the alleging that the creation of the state and that endorsements were is why Asians are asking for bought by the governor and continuity. Abia for the first as such.... time since creation has seen What do you expect from the first flyover that will soon a defeated opposition? What be completed at Osisioma do you want an insignificant junction at Aba. and factionalized opposition Since the creation of Abia, in the state, especially we have seen dualized among some political Faulks Road with the deadwood to say? When you perennial Ifeobara problem a second term. Kalu, a former governor of Abia State even before Buhari’s formal declaration for a second term had initiated the campaign for Buhari’s election with his appointment as Chairman, Advisory Board for the National Movement for Reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari. Kalu recently caused a stir with his tour through the Southwest to sell Buhari which caused a near standoff with Governor Ayo Fayose. A statement issued by Fayose warding off Kalu from the state last week read in part: “it is an insult on the collective sensibilities of Ekiti people, whose only benefit from the government of President Buhari is hardship occasioned by the government’s cluelessness for anyone to hide under advocacy for peace to canvass support for the President.” However, the argument of Buhari as the fastest route to the election of an Igbo as president is also being debunked by other assumptions. Despite the assertions of infrastructural developments in the Southeast region being undertaken by the present administration, critics cite the poor representation of the region in key agencies of the Federal Government. Reference is also made as to what the region would make of the likely interest of the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the 2023 contest. Tinubu had himself confessed last year that he would vie for the presidency if Buhari did not contest. The general thinking in the APC now is that Tinubu who has become a passionate supporter of Buhari’s second term is working to position himself as the leading contender after Buhari’s probable second term in 2023. The Igbo would also be put to task on why they have abandoned their own that have indicated interest in the 2019 contest. In the APC, the United States-based oil magnate, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia who was an early supporter of the Buhari 2015 candidacy became the earliest APC member to challenge Buhari for the party’s 2019 ticket last November. Besides, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu has also joined the contest in his response to Buhari’s declaration affirmed that the incumbent does not deserve to be re-elected. “In contrast with that record of increasing poverty and insecurity in our country, I offer my vision of something new, bold and different. I offer a new kind of competent, inclusive and effective leadership that will truly usher Nigeria into the 21st century and build a better future for our children and youth,” he said in a statement following Buhari’s declaration last Monday. The apex Igbo sociocultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has also rebuffed Amaechi’s demand for apology for turning Buhari away in 2015. “Ndigbo do not owe anybody any apology whatsoever including the President. Is it for exercising our franchise or for not being Fulani,” Ohanaeze spokesman, Prince Barr Uche Achi-Okpaga, said in a statement. Why Ikpeazu is enjoying endorsement all over Abia — Appolos MAZI Enyinnaya Apollos is the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. In this interview, he talks about the achievements of Ikpeazu administration since he assumed office saying that the Governor has go round Abia on your own and interact with the people, you will draw your conclusions as to whether the endorsements are bought or not. Maybe I should agree with them that Governor Ikpeazu bought the endorsements with his hard work, humility, transparency and people-oriented leadership style. Abia today has a Governor that they can call their own. A Governor they can reach when it is necessary. A Governor who lives with them in Aba and Umuahia. Is the opposition saying that the endorsements from the people of Bende LGA were bought? Or that the endorsements from the people of Umunneochi LGA were bought? Or will they say that the endorsements by the people of Ukwa-Ngwa which makes up nine out of the 17 LGAs in the state were also bought? The fact is that Governor Ikpeazu’s achievements in Abia have destabilized and disorganized the opposition parties in the state. They are now so frustrated that the only thing they can think of doing now is to tell lies. Those who had the opportunity to make Abia great when they served as governor and in other very highly political offices but failed to do so, what will they be telling Asians now? You can understand why Abians have constantly rejected some of them even with the endless effort to be lawmakers. Our advice to our people in the new Abia where Governor Ikpeazu is in charge is not to be like them. If you want to get the true situation about what is happening in Abia, ask Abians on the street, those in Ariraria market and those at various markets in Aba, whatever they tell you, verify it with what we tell you and what is on the ground, then you can draw your conclusions.
Edited by: Prince Osuagwu 0805 049 8513 firstname.lastname@example.org Digital Skills: She Leads Africa, Facebook empowers Nigerian women Benefits of digital marketing in successful political campaigns By Olawale Ajayi IN the upcoming presi dential elections in the Republic of Argentina, as well as in the last Mexican electoral campaign, it has been demonstrated that the best tool that can be used to achieve the objectives of political marketing are Social Networks. If you use social networks the right way to do political communication you will get a number of benefits to win an election but also know that there are mistakes that could result from insufficient knowledge of use. New communication channel Social networking and online marketing are important tools that can help candidates to win votes in election campaigns, especially young people. Market Segmentation It is very important to use online marketing in political plans because of the great capacity it has to be able to segment audiences according to age, socioeconomic levels, interests, tastes, style of words they use to communicate, etc. All this, facilitates and allows the politician’s communication in By Tare Youdeowei WITH the aim of em powering women with digital skills for personal business ambitions and create opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs, She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, has partnered with Facebook in Nigeria, through an initiative, SheMeansBusiness. SheMeansBusiness, launched in March 2018, the first in Sub-Sahara Africa, is aimed at training and empowering thousands of female entrepreneurs across the country. The initiative is said to be designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across the country to start, build and grow their own businesses. It promises to bring together thousands of female entrepreneurs in a series of day workshops and training sessions across six cities in Nigeria, including Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and Aba. Speaking on the initiative, Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa, during the launch said: “We know that when women do better, economies do better. The study conducted by Development Economics further highlights this, with research suggesting that an estimated seven million new businesses could be set up by women in Nigeria by 2021, placing a greater importance on the role of women’s entrepreneurial ambitions for overall economic and social development in the country.” On what women should expect from the digital training, Okobi revealed: “Training sessions and post-training clinics aimed at re-engaging and advising, opportunities to form mentorship groups within peers •Ajayi and inspiring stories from female trailblazers. These are the entrepreneurs who are redefining what is possible for women in business in Nigeria, inspiring those who might one day become new entrepreneurs themselves. Free tools and resources; online courses to give more women • across Nigeria the tools, support and practical advice they need to grow their businesses, will also be available. Access and information to a link of communities who can help advise and direct on setting and achieving business goals, as well as an Office Hour session per city where three to five trainers will attend to digital marketing-related a segmented way and helps in determining political fate. Two-way communication It allows a continuous interaction between 2 or more people. What is valued most is being able to participate and interact with candidates. Power your image Posting pictures that will endear the candidate with the people and give them an impression of a simple but firm personality can improve a candidate’s chances of winning the emotions of the electorates. Power activism The dynamism of social networks facilitates the organisation of new social and political movements. Creation of online communities It generates commitment and loyalty between the candidate and the people. The new digital political marketing allows to generate communities and interests, to organize adherents to the political party and / or candidate and these in turn are carrying out the amplification of the message or the evangelization of the idea. Reduced cost It represents less expense than investment in traditional media to achieve good results. Measurement of results Digital marketing allows us to accurately measure the impact of the politician’s communication and the interest he generates from the audience. Examples are, in the Catalan elections, those of the PSC channel, the EsquerraRepublicana channel, or the Popular Party of Catalonia. Next of course is Instagram. This great network of photography is becoming one of the most followed and influential, where personal moments and audiences are mixed in the campaign. VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 —43 Lagos set to change tourism prospect with masterplan ... holds summit IN pursuance of Lagos State Government's commitment to cause a major shift in marketing the tourism and creative potentials inherent in the state, Lagos State Government is set to hold a tourism summit to enrich the master plan for the tourism industry. The summit with the theme: Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy, is scheduled to hold on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Briefing the media at Alausa, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde declared that the forthcoming summit is designed to provide resourceful content for the tourism road map that will transcend the vision of the state in becoming the foremost tourism destination in Africa. While briefing the media on the relevance of the summit, the commissioner revealed that the summit is crucial to intimate and integrate key players in the tourism industry to achieve a prosperous initiative as the state journeys into the tourism world to compete with developed cities. "The summit will list out in specific terms the interventions that are needed in producing a master plan that will assist in shaping the tourism sector in Lagos State in the *Fola Adeyemi, the Permanent Secretary, Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture and Adewale Adereti, the Manager Advisory, Ernst & Young at the Press briefing to announce the Lagos Tourism Summit. next 15 to 20 years.” He disclosed that it has been a deliberate plan derived from a visionary study of the population trend and analysis of what sector will better absorb the teeming youth population, reduce poverty and crime as well as create jobs with multiplier effects on other sectors. Affirming the significance of the event, the commissioner stated that encouraging existing practitioners and stakeholders with institutional support and sustaining positive hope of investors in the sector needs a more concrete rejig in line with global best practices. "The idea of the Lagos Tourism Summit therefore, is part of the inclusive agenda to allow all stakeholders contribute to the ongoing tourism master plan being put together by Messrs Earnst and Young on behalf of the Lagos State Government. He further disclosed that the summit's deliberation will be enriched by paper presentations by renowned stakeholders in the tourism business; panel discussions and a keynote address to be delivered by His Excellency, Mr. John Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana. The gathering will provide a rare opportunity to engage stakeholders, professionals, leading academics and scholars, researchers in the tourism, culture, arts and entertainment industry, local and foreign media practitioners to debate, exchange ideas, deliberate and chart a way forward for Lagos tourism, he added. Abuja ready to host tourism world, FCTA minister By Henry Umoru MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Commission for Africa UNWTO - CAF, that the city was prepared to play host to its 61st International Conference scheduled for Abuja in June 2018. Speaking when he received a delegation from the Ministry of Information and Culture, led by its Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Bello expressed delight over the choice of Abuja as host city saying that the event fits well into the drive of the FCTA to make Abuja a global tourism and conference destination. He commended his Information and Culture counterpart for the hard work in successfully securing the hosting rights for the meeting. The minister said it was a reflection of how the outside world now perceives the country, as well as an eloquent indication of the fact that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is getting it right. “For Nigeria to win the hosting right must have entailed a lot of hard work. This is very commendable. These are all reflections of how the outside world now perceives Nigeria. “It’s a reflection that this government is getting it right and it’s something that we all feel proud of. “We are going to give maximum support to this conference because it will showcase Nigeria and, above all, it will showcase Abuja and it fits into our programme of working to position the city as a conference destination. “Given Abuja’s beauty, good road network, serenity and security, we can boldly say that Abuja is ready for the tourism world,” he said. Bello pledged the support of the FCTA, saying that a team headed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Ohaa, is working tirelessly to ensure a hitch-free conference in liaison with the conference’s local organising committee. “Naturally, we will host the dinner and we will provide buses for all the delegates. “Of course, we will also provide 24-hour security. Above all, you’ve made this country proud and we will support you for a successful hosting,” he added. Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the team was in the FCT to start off the series of visits and advocacy to key stakeholders. He said this was with regards to Nigeria’s hosting of the first meeting of the UNWTO – CAF.