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In W. Clement Stone’s words, ‘Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.’ The above quote typically captures the person and personality of Bishop Dr. Emeka Michael Nwankpa, a man who, by words and deeds, and at all times, demonstrates rare courage, honesty, and impeccable integrity.

Bishop Dr. Emeka Nwankpa is a true child of God, a revered cleric, shrewd businessman, and philanthropist of great note. All his life, he has made truth, honesty, fairness, and justice, his four cardinal points. He is a man who stands by truth, fairness, and justice, no matter where the rest of the people choose to stand, even when it does not favor him.

Emeka Nwankpa’s integrity and honesty were put to the test when, in the build-up to the March 18 rescheduled governorship election, he was offered a humongous amount of money to step down for one of his co-frontline governorship candidates and also to prevail upon his teeming supporters to realign, to which he dared to say NO, and insisted that only the collective will of the good people of Abia State would prevail. Not even the pressure and promises from high places could sway him.

Again, Emeka Nwankpa’s courage came to the fore when, during the quagmire that enveloped the collation of the guber election, in which he was a contender on the platform of the Accord Party, he rose and called on INEC not to tamper with the choice of the people, even when the outcome of the exercise was not favoring him and his party. He didn’t mind who the winner was. All he wanted was for the right things to be done. This is typical of Emeka Nwankpa.

After critically analyzing the situation on the ground and the circumstances therein, he called out INEC to immediately conclude the collation and declare Dr. Alex Otti the governor-elect. The question remains: ‘Were it not Alex Otti, would Emeka Nwankpa have called out INEC to declare the winner? The answer is a capital YES because the winner didn’t matter to him. What mattered to Emeka Nwankpa was for the right things to be done.

This rare gesture and gallantry were praised by many well-meaning Abians, including the beneficiary, Dr. Alex Otti, who acknowledged it on all the major television stations in the country, and even in his acceptance speech. It is important to point out that it was after Bishop Emeka Nwankpa issued the statement that others followed suit. He led the way for others to follow.

Unlike sycophants, Emeka Nwankpa fearlessly speaks truth to power and will continue to do so. His press statements concerning the emergence of the governor-elect are out of genuine concern. He neither seeks favor nor any other thing from Dr. Alex Otti. While advising Dr. Alex Otti to be magnanimous in victory, Bishop Emeka Nwankpa prays to God to grant the governor-elect the wisdom and knowledge to make Abia State better, and also continue to appeal to all aggrieved parties to sheathe their swords and accept the outcome of the governorship election in the overall interests of Abians.

Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr would say, ‘A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice’, Emeka Nwankpa would rather choose to die than not stand up for justice. He is a man full of rare courage and impeccable integrity. He does things because they are right and just, not because of the person or people involved

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I Won’t Abandon Atiku – Dele Momodu




The Director of Strategic Communications of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, on Monday, insisted that the February 25 presidential election, which produced President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, was manipulated.

In a statement tagged, “I stand on rule of law,” issued a few hours after  Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s 16th President, Momodu insisted that the judiciary still had to decide the authentic winner of the poll.

Momodu said he would stand by and not abandon the presidential candidate of his party, Atiku Abubakar, for any gains.

The PDP stalwart said, “My position on the state of our country, Nigeria, is simple and straightforward. I’m a loyal member of the PDP who owes absolute allegiance to Nigeria and its rule of law. My political party, the PDP and others, passionately hold the view that the last presidential election was savagely manipulated by the ruling party APC and the cases are already in courts.

“Nothing will make me abandon my party on the altar of convenience and profit. Win or lose, I will continue to stand on this principle without any malice or prejudice against those who think otherwise. Democracy is a game of choice and I’m resolutely standing by our candidate, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,  who has taken the honorable and peaceful step of going to court to seek redress. This is the only way we can deepen our hard-earned democracy. Sacrifice is not always convenient but painful.”

He commended those who took the initiative of challenging the electoral outcome in court, saying, “I salute and respect the Wazirin Adamawa and others like my dear friend and brother, former Governor Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, for promoting the best tenets of democracy in Nigeria and I’m willing to encourage them rather than discourage their onerous quests.”

Last week, the suit filed by the PDP seeking the disqualification of the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, on grounds of alleged double registration, was dismissed by the Supreme Court which ruled that the party lacked the locus to institute the suit in the first instance.

Atiku and Obi both turned down invitations extended to them by Tinubu to attend his inauguration ceremony, citing different reasons, not unrelated to the fact that they are in court to challenge the process that brought him to power.

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Start By Publishing Your Assets, Investments, SERAP Tells Tinubu



As Bola Tinubu assumes Nigeria’s presidency today, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has advised him to promptly make public his assets, income, investments, liabilities and interests. He is also charged to impress it on his vice, Kashim Shettima, to toesame line.

The group, in a letter dated May 27, 2023 and signed by deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, also urged the Lagos State ex-governor to prioritise respect for human rights, media freedom, rule of law and the judiciary.

It recalled Tinubu’s recent promise to “kill corruption,” reminding him that the outgoing administration in 2015 made similar promise that was not kept.

SERAP said: “As Nigerians have witnessed for eight years, (outgoing) President Muhammadu Buhari has neither ‘killed corruption’ nor obeyed court judgments on transparency and accountability.

“Publishing details of your assets, income, investments and liabilities and encouraging your deputy and others to do same would allow Nigerians to know your worth and that of other public officials.

“If your election is upheld by the judiciary, your government can use transparency in asset declarations as a means of promoting public accountability and ending systemic corruption in the country.”

According to the group, Buhari’s “broken promises to make specific details of his assets public and to kill corruption have opened up the country’s political and electoral processes to a money free-for-all, discouraged political participation and contributed to impunity.”

It continued: “Although (outgoing) President Buhari’s march to Aso Rock was predicated, in large part, on his campaign rhetoric to ‘kill corruption’, corruption remains widespread among high-ranking public officials and in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

“Making public details of your assets, liabilities and interests would reduce unjust enrichment of public officials, ensure integrity in public offices and promote transparency and accountability, as well as good governance.”

The body noted that enforcement of court judgments is critical to national interest and restoration of rule of law in the country.

SERAP added: “The incoming government, therefore, has a responsibility to improve citizens’ trust and confidence in government. But it will be difficult for the new government to be trusted if its leaders do not come clean about their assets and income.

“Disclosure of income, assets and conflicts of interest can serve as powerful tools to draw attention to abuse of public office, help prosecute corrupt offenders and create a culture of scrutiny in the public sector.”


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2023 Northern Presidency Failed Because Peter Obi Left PDP – Okowa




The outgoing Delta State Governor and 2023 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that a northerner could have succeeded President Muhammadu Buhari if Peter Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

According to Okowa, the PDP had analyzed and concluded on how to present a northern candidate, with a southern running mate as the best way to counter the All Progressives Congress (APC) from getting massive bloc votes in the 2023 elections.

The party threw its presidential ticket open with a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar eventually emerging as the PDP candidate.

However, the Delta State Governor said the decision of Obi to join the race for the ticket threw up southeast and religious sentiments and his eventual decision to dump the party for the Labour Party affected the votes of the PDP.

He made the submission during a chat with journalists on Sunday in Asaba.

According to Okowa, the northern presidency would have succeeded if Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

“I belong to the PDP and for me as a person and for the majority of the people in the PDP, they believed that our pathway to victory was to have a northern candidate and a southern vice,” he said.

“Why? Because we were not a majority.”

“The only thing that turned our reasoning out was when Obi came out from the south-east and there were a lot of feelings that came in among the Christians.

“So it ate very deep into our votes and that is what led to the loss of the elections,” Okowa added.

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