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SDP Presidential Primaries: Setting The Record Straight

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 No comments
Chief Olu Falae, National Chairman of Social Democratic Party

Being a public statement issued by Honourable Yemi Akinbode, Ag. Director, Media & Publicity of the Social Democratic Party, SDP 

Our attention has been drawn to the statement issued by Dr. Ike Neliaku, the Consultant to the Prof Jerry Gana’s campaign group, to challenge the emergence of His Excellency Donald Duke as the Presidential Candidate of the Party in the recently concluded Primaries. 

The Party notes that Dr. Neliaku’s references to the SDP Constitution were premature and misplaced and frowns at recent misrepresentations by his statements that protests against South-South candidates’ participation were raised by him or by his boss before or during the screening exercise. This is outright false and grossly misleading. The party has also noted that as soon as Dr Neliaku, Prof Jerry Gana’s Consultant, realised that hanging on the SDP Constitution to disqualify Mr. Duke does not hold water, he resorted to attempting to discredit the entire exercise by raising fathom irregularities. This is unwarranted. 

Dr. Neliaku has been advised to desist from these negative acts and has been encouraged to join the Social Democratic Party by registering as a valid Party member so he may transcend the role of Campaign Consultant for Primaries that have ended to join forces with progressive elements for national action plan to rescue and rebuild Nigeria. 

The Party fully understands the enormity of the task ahead to salvage Nigeria and that to move Nigeria forward everyone matters. Therefore, the Party does not intend to join issues with Prof Gana, but it is important to set the records straight in the public interest and in the face of misrepresentations by Dr. Neliaku as stated below: 

1. His Excellency Donald Duke emerged the presidential candidate of the party after being duly screened by the presidential primaries committee and validly elected by delegates at the national convention of the SDP which took place in Abuja on Saturday, October 6, 2018. 

2. The current cry to “screen him out” or “disqualify him” was not raised during the process of expression of interest, screening and the presidential primaries but until after the results of the Primaries were announced. There were two aspirants from the South-South Zone and three aspirants from the North Central Zone. His Excellency, Donald Duke was the first person to submit the nomination form at a widely publicised event and no one ever protested until he won the Primaries. In fact, all the four other contestants including Professor Jerry Gana actively participated in all the preliminary and final stages of the presidential primaries and Social Democratic Party did not issue any statement directing its members to vote for or against any presidential aspirant from any particular geographic zone. 

3. In truth, upon the success of Mr Duke at the primaries, Prof Gana congratulated, hugged him and wished him well and afterwards, Mr Duke reached out to all aspirants, including Prof Gana for their support, advice and collaboration. 

4. The Party understands that Prof Gana was very disappointed by the outcome of the Primaries and had sent a high-ranking delegation headed by the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Olu Falae to visit and explain to him, to assuage his feelings and appreciate his contributions to the Party. 

5. The SDP and its leaders duly appreciate the significant contributions that the elder statesman, Prof Gana has put to the development of the Party since he joined six months ago. Above all, they had privately and publicly appreciated the tremendous contributions that he has made to Nigeria over the last 45 years as Professor of Geography, quintessential public officer, Distinguished Senator, MAMSER Director General, three-time Honourable Minister of the Federal Republic and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples’ Democratic Party. 

6. The Party has reaffirmed that His Excellency Donald Duke was duly elected and he is the Presidential Candidate of the Party and his name and that of his Running Mate have been forwarded to INEC accordingly. 

7. The primary election which produced the candidate of the party is the finest example of representative democracy at work. The party members had spoken. They freely chose who they wanted as their flag bearer in the general election and we urge Prof Gana’s Campaign Consultant, Dr. Ike Neliaku to respect the wishes of the people and recall the principle of Volenti non fit iniuria, which states that one who knowingly and voluntarily consents to and takes on a risk cannot ask for compensation for the damage or injury resulting from it. 

Let’s Join forces. Everyone matters 
Yemi Akinbode 20 October 2018.

German Consulate Invites CFA as a Jury for the Falling Walls Lab Lagos

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 No comments
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata 
The founder of CFAtech, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA) has received an invitation from the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to be part of the jury for the first Falling Walls Lab Lagos which will hold 28th April 2018.

This was clearly indicated in a correspondence signed by the Ingo Herbert, Consular General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He said "It is my privilege and honor to write to invite you as a member of the jury to the first Falling Walls Lab Lagos which will take place at the German Consulate General on 28th April 2018 at 1 pm"

The Falling Walls Lab is a commemoration of the Falling the Berlin Wall established in 2011 by the Falling Walls Foundation to support ideas and innovation from outstanding academics anywhere in the world.

According to Herbert, the Falling Walls Lab Lagos is being jointly carried out with support from the University of Ibadan, by the German Consulate Lagos and the Nigerian arm of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the first ever Falling Walls in Nigeria.

He added that the Labs are organized independently in various places across the globe, typically by or in collaboration with a scientific institution.

Interested student applicants of any disciplines from various institutions should submit their application on These students would be judged based on their ideas, vision, social initiatives to business models relevant to the world today.

However, they will have to do a 3 minutes presentation of their project to the jury, consisting of experts from academia, research institutions, and the business community.

The selected winners will travel to Berlin, Germany to participate in the Lab Finale, where there will be presentations from 100 other winners of other Labs across the globe. As well as the Falling Walls Conference, where more than 600 guests from 75 nations are expected to attend.

All participants attend the conference, the three winners of the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin give their 3 minutes talks again. The costs are covered by the hosting institution

9Mobile Sale :Barclays Favoured Teleology, Group Alleges

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 No comments

Condemnation has continued to trail the announcement of Teleology as the preferred bidder for 9Mobile. The latest of the trenchant condemnation rails at the perceived tardiness by Barclays Africa, the financial advisor to the sale of 9Mobile.

Making the condemnation in a statement issued in Abuja, a non-governmental organization Business Renaissance Group (BRG), noted that the letter said to have been sent to Teleology by Barclays Africa was hasty and preemptive. 

According to the statement co- signed by its President Mazi Omife I. Omife and its Secretary Dr Funso Akomode, the group stated that Barclays Africa jumped the gun in announcing a preferred bidder. 

It noted that in a meeting held with the interested bidders on the 26th of January 2018, Barclays gave the two finalists in the bid process: Teleology Holdings and Smile Telecoms Holdings the opportunity to increase their bid for 9Mobile within 30 days which brought the deadline date to Monday February 26, 2018. 

The group wondered why Barclays could not wait till the 26th of February 2018 before its apparently preemptive announcement of a preferred winner. It therefore alleged that Barclays had merely changed the rules while the game was at its climax. 

Further alleging bias against Barclays in the handling of the sale of 9mobile, BRG recalled that Barclays had earlier affirmed that any preferred bidder on selection will need to sign a Sales Purchase Agreement immediately and will have to instantly pay a non-refundable deposit of USD 50 million. 

It decried a situation where Barclays has now given its announced preferred bidder 21 days to pay the non-refundable fee of USD 50 million. To BRG, this is a classic case of bending the rules and shifting the goal post to favour a particular team

The group further underscored its allegation of a less than transparent handling of the entire bid process by Barclays Africa by recalling that some of the earlier entrants, among them two major GSM network operators, had opted out of the process alluding to lack of transparency. 

It also claimed that at least two major vendors of 9mobile rejected the financial offers of the preferred bidder and had no confidence in weak and unrealistic business plan presented. And wondered how such a bidder with questionable business plan would be able to sustain and improve the operations of 9mobile.

BRG contended that the precipitated announcement by Barclays is indicative that the preferred bidder did not satisfy any of the precedent conditions. It therefore called on the regulatory authorities especially the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to take more than a passing interest in the bid process.

It advised that instead of the regulators especially NCC merely giving a stamp of approval to the seemingly contrived result by Barclays, the commission should undertake a review of the entire process.
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