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House of Reps hopeful, Arinze Madueke declares “I’m in Politics to serve”

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Politics in Nigeria today is seen as an avenue of amassing wealth for the political office holder. It is now generally believed that indulging in Nigerian politics is only for self-serving purposes. But for Dr. Arinze Madueke, politics is all about service to humanity. For him, the only service to be done for the downtrodden is to give them quality education, to develop their capacity to think for themselves and draw from the unlimited well of greatness within.

Dr. Madueke is a Medical Doctor by training, an entrepreneur per excellence and a serial philanthropist. He hails from Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. He clearly standsout in the congregation of indigenes of Anambra State, who have distinguished themselves in different spheres of life.

Dr. Madueke (Okaka), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Zidora Group. A multi million, multiple brand business he founded a few years ago.

At 33, he is no doubt one of Nigeria’s most successful entrepreneur. He is a man of many parts; one who does not waste time in extending assistance to the needy, irrespective of religion or ethnicity. His philanthropic gestures are loud and speak volumes about his commitment to quality education and his stance as an apostle of pragmatic leadership.

Dr. Arinze is a moral instructor and believes in living a good legacy for the younger generation to emulate. His passion has driven him at an early stage to several community project and social responsibility. In turn,  he has been recognized severally by different establishments for his selfless services. He has also received so many awards from various parastals, corporate organisations, the Nigeria police Force, schools, among others, most importantly, he has remained committed to the service of mankind.

Dr. Arinze easily comesby as a source of motivation and inspiration to many, as an innovative entrepreneur; one who is constantly looking for new ways to solve old problems, there is surely many things one, especially young people, can learn from him.

Dr. Arinze’s Zidora Group has various subsidiaries such as; Zidora Travel and Tour, Zidora Real Estate and Realtors, Zidora Agricultural and Food Services, Zidora Medicals, Zidora Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals Limited, and Zidora Consults Nigeria Limited, among other business interests.

Dr. Arinze is one man you must meet at least once in your lifetime to understand the true meaning of humanity. He is an outstanding Philanthropist of his generation who started giving even when he had little.

Much of his philathropic activities are carried out through a Non-Governmental, Non-profit charity organization he founded; Zidora Aid Foundation, ZAF.

ZAF is a not for profit charity organization, doing fantastic work with the disabled, the less privileged, and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

With his background, exposure and experience both Nigeria and the Diaspora.Dr. Arinze Madueke’s decision to venture into partisan politics is worth welcoming with both hands and an open mind. His decision to contest for House of Representative seat come 2019 is certainly good for Nigerian politics. Here is a Nigerian youth, who is not just a young Nigeria but alao has what it takes to deliver modern governance to his constituents. He is a card- carrying member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and come 2019, he is determined to deliver quality representation to the people of Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, when he emerges winner of that contest on his APGA party platform.

Speaking Dr. Madueke, he underscored that his decision to veer into the murky water of Nigerian politics is to deliver unmatched representation to his constituents, correct governmental/official impunity, develop a responsive system of representation, speak the mind of his people, and use other legislative instruments to profitable advantage, in a bid to directly and indirectly impact the lives of the people of his constituency and the nation by extension. Having spent time within the Federal Contituency, Dr. Madueke expressed clear understanding of the problem in the area which included; lack of opportunities, poor knowledge of how the system works, poor education, lack of infrastructure, slow development of road network, among many others. Expressing confidence in the leadership of His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, Dr. Arinze remarked that young visionary people from Anambra state has to come on board to assist the Governor in the good works he is doing for the sake of continuity and sustainability.

While commending Governor Obiano for transforming Anambra State and making it a reference point for other States, Dr. Arinze also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a credible governorship election in Anambra State and for the measures being put in place to ensure credible elections in 2019.

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2019: Makarfi to contest with Atiku, others for PDP presidential ticket

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Ahmed Makarfi, former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee, says he will contest the presidential ticket of the party in 2019.
Makarfi’s announcement comes after Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, and Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, had indicated their interest in seeking the PDP presidential ticket.
He made his intention known on Sunday while speaking with journalists in his residence in Kaduna.
The ex-governor said he has consulted with stakeholders in the party and has informed them of his ambition.
He said: “It’s is just consultations and not endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.
 
“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election. At this stage, it is to seek for the party’s nomination.
 
“The successful nominees will become the candidate that will stand for the election. But first thing first. If one’s party does not put him forward, you can’t say you are contesting for presidency yet. “At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had. Those who have shown interest are equally capable. We do not know how many more will show interest but whatever it is, power comes from God. The party men and women will decide who will be the candidate. I will subject myself to the will of God and the decision of the party men and women whenever it is made.”
 
He said his experience in the public and private sectors make him well suited to lead the country.

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Senate 2019: I have not dropped my ambition – Uduaghan

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The immediate former Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has debunked the rumour making the rounds that he has chickened out of the senatorial race ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Uduaghan stated this in his Warri residence when he played host to the Coalition of Bomadi LGA Elders led by its leader, Revd. Gbenekuru England and dozens of youths drawn from different youth groups in Bomadi Local Government Area.

The group which is an amalgam of all the community elders in Bomadi had inquired if the dynamic former Governor had stepped down again for their Sen. James Manager at his recent public declaration at the PDP mega rally for Governor Okowa which held in Oleh. Allaying their fears, Dr. Uduaghan said, “I have not stepped down for anybody and I am not going to even contemplate stepping down for anyone. In fact, I have put my hands on the plough and there is no going back. By the grace of God, we will be in Abuja in 2019.

“It was in the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan’s votes from Delta that made me withdraw from the race, last minute. The stability of the state was very important to me. I needed to concentrate on the state and prepare it for a peaceful transition; otherwise, I had all the machinery to win the seat if I had so wanted it like I do now.”

On whether he was scared of opposition, Uduaghan said, “I have paid my dues in stemming ethnic violence and militia uprising in the creeks to deserve the senatorial seat. How many people can make such sacrifice? How can somebody who has fought plenty political battles as a serving governor be scared of anybody? That is very laughable to me.”

The visibly relieved group, buoyed by the news, broke into dancing and singing in Ijaw.

 

You are the best candidate for senate – Bomadi Elders

All the leaders of the group who spoke agreed to throw their weight behind Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial bid, because according to them, Delta South is ready for a new beginning and Dr. Uduaghan is the new beginning. They believe when he gets to the senate, the district will get qualitative representation and he will empower not just his Itsekiri people but also the Ijaw and Isoko people as he did when he was a two-term governor of the state.

“We had tested your capacity when you were governor we know that the Ijaw nation benefited from your administration. Our son, the current occupant of the seat, who has been there for four tenures has tried his best but it is now time for a new beginning. It is the turn of the Itsekiris based on fairness and equity. Your Excellency, you are the new beginning for Delta South,” Revd. England asserted.

The senatorial hopeful revealed that he and his family had heard from God clearly in January 2018, that victory was sure for him at the polls. He used the opportunity to assure all his supporters, friends and well-wishers that plans for his campaign would soon roll out in a massive dimension and everyone would be carried along.

 

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Femi Odulaja joins Ogun Reps race, welcomes Adebutu to Ijebu Ode

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Hon. Ladi Adebutu, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, now running for Ogun State governor’s seat moves his campaign train to Ijebu Ode, with the enthusiastic people of Ijebu Ode and party members already aligning to make the rally one to remember. And among them is a National Assembly hopeful, Hon. Femi Odulaja, representing Ijebu Central Constituency which comprises of Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu.

According to the Igbobi College Yaba alumni as Adebutu, Odulaja said, “Hon. Ladi Adebutu is a Noble Nigerian, a respected politician and leader of principle, who I believe is sufficiently equipped for the task of leading Ogun State and projecting the gateway state to occupy its rightful place in the comity of states in Nigeria.”

Adebutu, a frontline politician in Ogun State, contesting for highest office in Oke Mosan in the 2019 elections, would be visiting Ijebu Ode in a mega rally organised by the People’s Democratic Party members in a countdown to salvage the state from anarchy and retrogression.

When asked about the rally coming up on Monday, Odulaja, whose campaign mantra is hinged on Hope ’19, stated, “With the assurance of the good people of Ijebu Ode, I’m more than confident that the rally is going to be a successful one.”

Odulaja, who is a mechanical engineer, philanthropist and well grounded personality in hospitality industry, stated that such a visit brings hope and signifies the beginning of new dawn in the state come 2019.

On why Femi Odulaja Campaign Organisation’s decision to adopt Hope ’19, “My principle is to work and restore the confidence and sense of value in the good people of my constituency.

“By attracting the right policies,” he continued, “I am certain that our constituency has all what it takes to be at the forefront of economic advancement in the whole of Ogun State.”

The largest political and foremost opposition party in Nigeria, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which is undergoing healing continue to attract eggheads into its fold as Hon. Femi Odulaja insisted that the party remains the best option considering the calibre of personalities it displays in Ogun State.

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