By Dr Emezie Madu.

There  are  written works  reeling in junk journalism making the rounds  which quoted some  Governorship aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and their allies spewing falsehood against two outstanding sons of Anambra state Peter Obi and Dr Godwin Maduka, the Lion of Africa. 

Their conniving statements indicate that Peter Obi wants to hand over the party ticket to Dr Godwin Maduka. 

They  are so jittery about the candidature of Dr Godwin Maduka by cataloguing imaginary  shortcomings but it's understandable because The Lion of Africa represents commitment, industry, quality leadership, pragmatism and equity. 

In all these  spurious allegations one thing stands out, Dr Godwin Maduka and Peter Obi are one of a kind who will never dable into unwholesome practices 

It's obvious disgruntled elements and political jobbers  are fighting to deny Ndi Anambra a choice candidate for the next governorship election but this will be resisted by well meaning Anambrarians 

In  the annals of Nigerian history  evidence abounds  that technocrats perform better in governance than professional politicians

Peter Obi did well as a technocrat and Dr Godwin Maduka will do well as a technocrat. 

Most importantly nobody can rule out divine foresight or providence  in any context and God will surely win as his name Godwin depicts. 

Some of  those castigating Dr Godwin Maduka have been a psychological burden and a clog in the wheel of progress  in Anambra State. 

It may interest you to note that The Lion of Africa is the only Governorship aspirant with a blue print on how to govern Anambra State 

Any man who could build and successfully manage six first class hospitals in the United States definitely has a lot to offer Ndi Anambra more than any Governorship candidate.

Those aspirants  in governance at various levels  who are busy showing insufficient and ridiculing developmental  projects  done
do not realize that "to applaud a politician because he has built a school, hospital or road using public money is the same as congratulating an ATM machine for giving you your money"

Unfortunately none of them has  built a school or a Church but they are busy buying wheel barrows and initiating bills that have not been passed and implemented as policies

In the case of Dr Godwin Maduka he is not promising what to do but has done so much which he wants to replicate in the entire state. 

Ndi Anambra should rise against those who want to push them further backward by engaging in name calling and costly distractions 

Let stakeholders ensure that this election is issue based for the right candidate to emerge victorious.

 *#RightChoice #RightTime*
Popular Nigerian journalist Deji Faremi has linked suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi with a scam that a Serie A club fell for in 2018.

Hushpuppi faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in a US federal prison after being extradited from Dubai to the United States.

According to ace journalist, Italian club, Lazio fell for an email scam and paid the final €2 million installment of Stefan De Vrij transfer fee into an account pretending to be Feyenoord's. Deji claimed that the fraudulent account belonged to Hushpuppi.

"Remember in 2018 when Lazio reportedly fell for a scam, and paid the final €2 million instalment of Stefan De Vrij transfer fee into an account pretending to be Feyenoord's?

Yup, that was Hushpuppi.", he tweeted.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo is on a 14-day self-isolation after getting exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement dated July 4, 2020, and signed by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

"On the advice of doctors, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is from today, July 4, 2020, taking a fourteen (14) day precautionary self-isolation measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols," the statement added.

The statement noted that "the President has elected to do so after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for COVID-19 today."
The statement said, although President Akufo-Addo has tested negative for the virus, he has still decided to self-isolate "out of the abundance of caution."

"The President will during this precautionary self-isolation period, be working from the Presidential
Villa at the Jubilee House, Accra," the statement added.
A number of government appointees have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last few weeks.

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah who also tested positive for the virus resigned because he visited a voter registration centre, contrary to advice by his doctor to self-isolate.

A Nigerian lady on Twitter identified as Ameera Yusuf, has taken to the platform to accuse one, Mr Olushola Akande, a BBNaija official of trying to sleep with her in exchange for a slot on the show.

Ameera however claimed she is bigger than the show and they can go ahead to start the reality TV program without her, but she won't stop until she exposes the atrocities she claims characterizes the show.

She wrote:

"I'm BIGGER than BBNAIJA so they can start their stupid show without me. How can Mr. Olushola Akande ask me to sleep with him to get a slot. I've receipts… I will expose your fake show and how you take advantage of people. You will hear from me."
Nigerians have however taken to the comment section of her post to react.

See some reactions below:

***"I'm a hard worker and perfectionist", Funke…

***"All the guys that have been sleeping with u, what did u gain from them"

***"Oya tag him na… Let's drag somebody's father today"

***"Thank God say i no dey watch the useless show…"

The organizers of the show have however announced the show will kick off July 19th.
Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Umahi revealed that the result of the test conducted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) came back positive.

Also, some aides of Umahi reportedly tested positive.

The governor has however directed Kelechi Igwe, his deputy, to take over the frontline coordination of the state's fight against the pandemic.

Umahi, who said he is not showing any symptom at the moment, appealed to the people of Ebonyi to take the NCDC protocols more seriously.

Two persons have been confirmed dead while two other persons are missing after a 14-passenger boat capsized in Lagos on Friday.

It was reported that the boat which left Ebute-Ero for Ikorodu around 8pm, upturned shortly after it took off, throwing all passengers into the water.

Sources said 10 of the passengers were rescued from the water hours after while the captain and another passenger were yet to be found.

However, the Director-General (DG) Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the incident to newsmen said search and rescue operations were ongoing.
The DG said the night boat ride was in violation of restrictions on nocturnal water travels in the state.

According to him, the rescue of those found was done under challenging nightfall conditions.

"We have rescued 10 persons alive and recovered two bodies.

"Two others including the captain are still missing," he added
United States authorities Friday said an English Premier League club was among the victims Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, conspired to defraud.

US Department of Justice said Hushpuppi will face criminal charges, alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an unnamed English Premier League soccer club.

"Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club, the complaint alleges," the Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday.

Abbas, popularly known as Huspuppi was arrested earlier in June along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.
The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.

The gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud involving over 1.9 million victims. Items worth N15.845 billion (Dh 150 million) were also seized.

13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 emails of potential victims were also recovered from the gang.

Their arrest in an operation codenamed Fox Hunt 2 came after about four months of painstaking investigations into their activities., during which their social media activities were monitored by the highly trained police unit.

The video posted by the Dubai Media Office said their police were able to track the locations of the suspected fraudsters using their social media activities.

The Dubai Police said the Hushpuppi and his gang specialised in hacking corporate emails and then send fictitious messages to the clients of the companies whose email accounts they have hacked to redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.

"This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere," said Jesse Baker, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Los Angles Field Office.

The DoJ affidavit alleges that Abbas and others committed a BEC scheme that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019.

DoJ said Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm's paralegals into wiring money intended for the client's real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by Abbas and the co-conspirators.

The Dubai Police said he and Woodberry were extradited to the United States this week to face charges of money laundering. If convicted, Hushpuppi would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
The Peoples Democratic Party's National Working Committee has appointed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as Chairman, Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council.

The party also appointed Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, as the deputy chairman of the council.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, announced this on Friday.

"@OfficialPDPNig NWC appoints @GovWike as Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council Chairman. The deputy chairman is Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri," he disclosed via Twitter.
Not less than 30,000 Nigerians have participated in #BBNaija season 5 audition which was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBNaija season 5 is set to premiere on Sunday, July 19.

This was revealed in a statement by Multichoice Nigeria, the organizers of the reality TV show.

"Due to the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this season held online auditions with a record 30,000+ Nigerians participating"

The organizers also disclosed that this is the highest number of auditions they have ever received in the history of the show.

Potential housemates in quarantine

The potential housemates for the yet to be themed season are being quarantined in line with the NCDC safety protocols ahead of the show's premiere on Sunday, July 19.

The housemates will be put through a rigorous medical test as well as COVID-19 test before they will be allowed into the Biggie's house.

No live audience on July 19

The organizers of the reality TV show says there will be no live audience at the Sunday Night Eviction Shows and there will also be no unexpected celebrity visits to the House as they are committed to keeping all BBNaija season five participants safe and healthy.

The Big Brother franchise first aired in Nigeria in 2006, with the title 'Big Brother Nigeria', with Katung Aduwak winning a sum of $100,000 cash prize.

After being off air for 10 years, the show returned in January 2017 as 'Big Brother Naija', and that kickstarted the monumental status the show now holds.

Millions of audiences across Nigeria now expectantly look forward to new seasons of the thrilling Big Brother Naija show.

Past winners of the show include Katung Aduwak (2006), Michael Efe Ejeba (2017), Miracle Igbokwe (2018) and Mercy Eke (2019). With the success of season 4, expectations are high for this years season 5.

The Pepper Dem housemates brought the most drama, tension, love triangles, and excitement to TV screens. BBNaija fans, are you ready?

Let the countdown begin!!!

The arrest and extradition of Nigerian-Dubai based Big Boy is creating havoc as some names have popped as people who are crime partners of the alleged fraudster. 

Controversial Journalist Kemi Olunloyo has made some serious disclosure about some crime partners of the alleged fraudster Hushpuppi. Kemi was the one who broke the news of Hushpuppi's arrest. She was also the one who made public the extradition of Hushpuppi and Woodberry to the Us. as she says that Hushpuppi has named his crime partners in the business. 

She has mentioned some names on her page which she claims are from her reliable source from the Interpol. She stated that the names are people Hushpuppi has been laundering money for. 

Ramoni Abbas is naming prominent people as 47 countries want him for fraud.

Nigerian OAP Daddy Freeze who was recently dragged for his relations with the fraudster had a hard time clearing his name as the video was very detailed.

As the 2020 Democracy Heroes Award draws close, voting across different categories may have become more competitive and even overheated, as Nigerians make commendable efforts to vote their best and most qualified Nominees for the prestigious Man of the Year Award Category. According to reports from the voting committee, two executive Governors from the Southwest are currently gathering tremendous votes.

Amongst the contesting nominees for the " Man of the Year" award category of the distinguished and prestigious Democracy Heroes Award are HE, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Executive Governor of Lagos state, who is really pulling so much votes, HE Gov. Seyi Makinde, The Executive Governor of Oyo State, who has also gathered commendable votes, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, the Executive Governor of Adamawa state and Gov. Muhammad Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State.

The Man of the Year Award of Democracy Heroes Award is one of the most sensitive categories and will only to awarded to one of the Nominees who earns the highest vote-count from Nigerians and made extensive efforts to support and encourage developmental impacts across communities in Nigeria. With Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Gov. Seyi Makinde in a very close vote count, speculations and reactions have now been thrown at their impacts, as media arguments and dialogues highlights their development strategies and democratic dispositions in governance.

According to ongoing reactions, some Voters took ample time to spotlight and commend some of the engaging development impacts of their choice-Recipient for the "Man of The Year Award". Though the duo have done notably well, persons have yet argued why others should vote their choice-Recipient, stressing that with such strides they deserve to be recognised and decorated as the 2020 Man of the Year Democracy Heroes Award.

While reviewing spotlights on the achievements of Lagos State Governor, we noted some remarkable achievements which Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated and completed, which cuts across education, housing and road projects. Some of his commendable projects includes, completion and renovation of schools like classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu, Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga, and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye. Other projects are the completion of Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu, Aradagun-Ajido- Epeme Road in Badagry, and the Maryland Signalisation project, 360-unit Lagos Homes in Ikorodu, and then visit Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate, Lekki, and the Courtland Villas on Femi Okunnu Estate, amongst others.

Other notable highlights where on his counterpart, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Gov. Seyi Makinde. He has been applauded for his numerous initiaves and ongoing projects in Oyo state. They highlighted his completed 307 projects in the education sector, while listing the 236 other ongoing projects in the state. He is described as the one of the first Governor who maintained that despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, his administration was focused and leveraged the setback to improve the health care system in Oyo state.

In a reaction from the head of voting committee for the 2020 Democracy Heroes Award, he stated that the process and response from Nigerians was quite commendable and interestingly remarkable, especially with the huge and numerous participation ahead of the 2020 Democracy Heroes Awards, theme "The Power of Togetherness".
Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, and wife, Edith, on Wednesday tested positive to COVID-19.

The development is sequel to tests conducted on them after a few days of self-isolation, which they went into on Friday after one of their daughters tested positive to the virus.

The two heads of the First Family in the state, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, are stable and have commenced necessary treatment, and further isolation.

The governor thanked Deltans for their prayers for his family, and called for continued supplications for all patients undergoing treatment for the pandemic.

He assured that his administration would not relent in its efforts at combating the virus in the state, and urged the public to support the government in that regard by complying with prescribed protocols by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).  

Okowa reiterated that ``COVID-19 is real. The rate is increasing in our state and the virus is taking the lives of some of our people.

``I, therefore, again call on every Deltan to observe the protocols on the virus while in public, to curb further spread of the virus, especially in the communities.''

A building contractor based in Abuja and his neighbour have been abducted gunmen suspected Fulani herdsmen reports ABUJAPRESS.

Williams Ayidu and unnamed female neighbours were kidnapped on Monday, 29 June, 2020 at their estate in Abuja.
They were abducted at Lugbe in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The kidnappers have contacted the families of the kidnapped persons demanding N7 million on each.

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The national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party-PDP, Chief Uche Secondus had on Saturday at PDP headquarters in Abuja, received copies of popular award winning Publication, Attention Magazine. With Dr. Godwin Maduka, a Governorship Aspirant adorned on its coverpage, reactions are that PDP may have confirmed his candidacy under her umbrella, ahead of the 2021 Governorship elections in Anambra State.

The PDP National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, endorsed the publication after flipping through pages of his daughter's wedding which was also a reported content in the 100paged magazine. He then took amazing shots with Publisher and Editor in Chief of Attention Magazine, Mr. Alex Nwankwo, one of Nigeria's most notable media personality and PR Strategist.
The endorsement of Attention Magazine was a side event of the presentation of results and reports from the Edo state primary elections which was held few days ago, as well as the presentation of certificate to candidacy to Governor Godwin Obaseki, who few days ago decamped from the All Progressive Congress-APC, to join the People Democratic Party-APC, ahead of Edo state 2020 governorship elections. 

Some notable personalities who witnessed the endorsement of Attention Magazine by Uche Secondus was the Governor of Bauch State, HE Bala Mohammed, notable PDP executives, and other reputable personalities and media representatives. Few minutes after the Press Briefing at the PDP National Secretariat, Governor Godwin Obaseki also took photos with copies of Attention Magazine with Anambra state billionaire and aspirant for the 2021 Governorship elections in Anambra state.
The recent edition of Attention Magazine was actually a spotlight on the  amazing achievements and prospective intentions of Dr. Godwin Maduka to perform humbly and responsively as the next most qualified Governor of Anambra state, with regards to his pedigree and capacity.
With the arrays of impacts created by iconic beauty queens and women across Nigeria, a notable Beauty Queen and Model, Queen Eyo Edidiong has kept the fire of success burning, as she continues to make and take remarkable steps at advancing her modelling career and humanitarian projects in communities across Nigeria.

As the reigning Queen and Winner of Face Of Democracy South South, Queen Eyo Edidiong has maintained an overwhelming dominance and has carved a niche for herself in modelling and pageantry. Hailing from Cross River state and an undergraduate of University of Abuja, Queen Eyo has never declined in her undaunted commitments towards bigger and greater opportunities.

The vibrant and delectable Beauty Queen and Model had nurtured the dreams and ambitions of becoming one of the most notable models of her times since her formative years. She is managed as a model by GnG modeling agency and promoted by the Management of Amity Global Network, an award winning PR organization, known for its promotional capacity and image branding.
She had recently shared stunning photos of herself, which was released via her social media pages few days ago. Queen Eyo Edidiong has been described as a young icon of feminism, an Ideal brand ambassador for multinational agencies and a fast rising mentor to several younger models in Nigeria.
Siya Kakkar, a 16-year-old TikTok star, is dead.

She committed suicide at her residence on Thursday, Times of India reports.

The deceased rose to fame for her TikTok dance videos.

The popular teen had over 1 million followers.

Siya, who hailed from Mumbai, posted a video less than 24 hours before her demise.

Her manager Arjun Sarin has confirmed the news of her death.

"No more words. You will always be the best artist. Rest in Peace", he wrote on his Instagram page.

The Police have commenced an investigation.

With the arrays of impacts created by iconic young ladies and women across Nigeria, undergraduate of University of Abuja and Model, Anthony Enahoro Mary  has kept the fire of success burning, as she continues to make and take remarkable steps at advancing her modelling career and her passion for Law career.

As a committed law student, Mary has maintained an overwhelming dominance and has carved a niche for herself in her faculty and modelling. Hailing from Delta state and from a well appointed background, Mary Enahoro has never declined in her undaunted commitments towards bigger and greater opportunities.
The vibrant and delectable young lady and Model had nurtured the dreams and ambitions of becoming one of the most notable legal practitioners and models of her times since her formative years. She will be under the Management of Amity Global Network, an award winning PR organization, known for its promotional capacity and image branding.

The 19 years old had recently shared stunning photos of herself, which was released via her  social media pages few days ago. Anthony Enahoro Mary Peace Isioma has been described as a fast rising icon of feminism, an Ideal brand ambassador for agencies and a potential mentor to several younger ladies in Nigeria.

LSenator Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state is dead, CityMirrorNews has gathered.

He was 70 years old.

Ajimobi, who has been in coma and on life support for some days after a surgery passed away at the First Cardiology Hospital, Ikoyi.

A credible source said Ajimobi, who was being treated for COVID-19 complications has been totally unconscious since last Thursday after his organs totally collapsed.

He said his family will make a formal announcement on Thursday evening.

"His organs collapsed about a week ago. It is just that the family didn't want to unplug the life support. May his soul rest in peace," he said.

The former governor was rumoured to be dead last week but his aides and family members denounced the report asking Nigerians to rather pray for his recovery.
In Nigeria today, few vibrant persons are yet working earnestly to make reputable impacts towards the development of its political infrastructures and improvement in its administrative engagements. In a review on notable personalities who have taken such steps in Nigeria, StatePress Researchers were quick to identify some amazing feats and notable achievements of Mr. Suleiman Ahmed, one of Nigeria's youngest and most prospective Nationalist.

Mr. Suleiman Ahmed had some years ago kickedoff his engagements with politics of national interest, even as a student of Bayero University Kano-BUK. Suleiman was already active in students politics especially in his activities with the Student Union Government-SUG of BUK, Kano State. During his infant years in politics he had represented students and participated in several political activities at different state and national levels.
After his formative years, Suleiman became a force to either contend or allign with, especially in politics. In achieving this capacity and experience, Suleiman had earlier worked passionately in pioneering and participating in the activities of several nationwide campaigns and initiaves. According to reports Suleiman garnered experience and influence when he became fully engaged in key party activities of the People's Democratic Party-PDP, where he worked as a Technical Assistant at the National Headquarters of the Party. 

Being a devoted member of the Peoples Democratic Party, even at national levels, Suleiman Musa participated actively in the Party, which earned him several reputable positions and responsibilities. From 2010 and until 2019, he was a Member of the Presidential Campaign of PDP. He had also worked with National Youth Leader of the Party is presently one of the most Senior Aides with the Financial Secretary of PDP at the National Secretariat in Abuja.
Suleiman Musa Ahmed had also been a pioneer staff of Neighbour2Neighbour-N2N, an influential grassroot mobilization and political campaign network in Nigeria. His proactive approach towards result oriented dispositions continued to breeze his relevance across all even the legislative sector, until he was appointed a legislative Aide at the National Assembly; a huge political task which he held responsively.

As a member of several strategic youth groups across the country and as a legislative Aide in the National Assembly, Suleiman was instrumental in supporting the "Not Too Young To Run" Bill, before it was passed as an Act by the 8th National Assembly under President Muhammadu Buhari first term in office. The act played a much significant role in youth inclusiveness and participation in leadership and governance in Nigeria.

Known as an Enterpreneur, Investor, People's Servant and a grassroot Mobilizer, Suleiman Musa Ahmed is also a successfully married man, with quite an adorable home. He is married to Salamatu Abdullahi Tahir and they are blessed with children. The "big boss" as he is referred by friends and close relatives, is currently the Member of the Board of Directors of Tima Nana Concept, a Subsidiary of the FCMB Retail and Investment Company.
He remains one of the few outstanding personalities who have nurtured unhealed wounds in their struggle to support excellent leadership, inclusive governance and true nationalism across the political circle in Nigeria. His impact will some day be a reference point for the motivation of young politicians, Enterpreneurs and caregivers in societies across Africa.
Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has announced his support for the Victor Giadom-led faction of the All Progressives Congress.

POLITICS NIGERIA confirmed this via a statement from Presidential Aide, Garba Shehu. He declared via twitter;

"The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman."

"Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon".

This development will heighten to crisis currently tearing the party apart. More to come...