The election of Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has attracted controversy with opposing governors alleging that the election was rigged in his favour.

In the keenly contested election which took place of Friday at the Rivers State Government lodge, Abuja, Amaechi defeated Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state by 19 to 16 votes to retain his position as NGF chairman.

The governors of Katsina, Ibrahim Shema and that of Borno, Isa Yuguda had earlier stepped down for Jang, a late entrant, to go toe-to-toe with Amaechi who had also been earlier advised to step aside.

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Mr. Jang was allegedly propped up a few hours to the election by Mr. Jonathan, backed by some top brass of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who wanted Mr. Amaechi out at all cost.

Both Messrs Amaechi and Jang belong to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which has 23 out of the 36 members of the Forum.

The position of the vice chairman of the Forum was picked up by the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, who emerged unopposed following last minute withdrawal of the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, a member of Labour Party, LP, from the contest.

Akpabio, others reject results

However, in a curious twist of events, some governors led by the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, rejected the result of the poll which was conducted by secret ballot, saying it was rigged in favour of Mr. Amaechi.

Mr. Akpabio told journalists after a meeting of the opposed governors at the Akwa Ibom State Governors Lodge, Asokoro District, to which they retreated, that the ballot papers used for the election did not have serial numbers; adding that they would recognize Messrs Jang and Mimiko as the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Forum, respectively.

The Akpabio-led governors claimed Mr. Amaechi and his supporters rigged the election. Mr. Akpabio told journalists that the Rivers State Governor failed to step down prior to the election. He, however, did not state why he and his supporters, who said they voted for Mr. Jang, agreed to proceed with the election despite their claims.

Some of those that aligned with Mr. Akpabio include Mr. Mimiko, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, and Mr. Jang.


The Rivers State Governors Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, the venue of the election, was thrown into was wild jubilation after Mr. Amaechi’s victory. Leading the victory celebration was Ibim Semenitari, the Rivers Commissioner for Information who danced to no music few minutes before the results were officially announced.

The meeting where the election held was attended by 35 governors, which cut across six parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Congress for Progressive Party, CPC; Labour Party; and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Only the Kebbi State Governor, Saidu Dakingari, did not attend the meeting. 35 governors voted in the election and 35 votes were counted.

Intrigues and intense horse-trading preceded the election, which had heated up the polity; with Mr. Jonathan and other leaders of the PDP, including its National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; and Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih, showing interest in who emerges the chairman and vice chairman of the Forum. Mr. Anenih had earlier in the week alleged that the NGF had been hijacked by opposition governors.

The president’s discreet intervention is also said to have been responsible for the withdrawal of the Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema; and his Bauchi State counterpart, Isa Yuguda; both of whom were allegedly thrown up by Mr. Jonathan to challenge Mr. Amaechi.

Messrs Shema and Yuguda had on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, picked the nomination forms indicating their readiness to contest the chairmanship seat.
Sources, however, said that the two men were prevailed upon by the Northern State Governors Forum, NSGF, at its meeting held at the Niger State Governors Lodge, Abuja, earlier in the day, to step down for Mr. Jang in what appeared to be a move to soften the hearts of the governors opposed to the president.

The governors of the PDP also held a separate meeting chaired by Mr. Akpabio at the Akwa Ibom State Governors Lodge where it was agreed that like the NSGF, Mr. Jang would be presented as the consensus candidate of the party and Mr. Mimiko of the Labour Party, his deputy.

On their part, 11 opposition governors, who belong to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the product of the merger of ACN, CPC, ANPP and a faction of APGA, met at the Lagos House in the Central Business District of the territory to plot their strategies. The opposition votes are believed to have all gone for Mr. Amaechi.

The intrigues

Following his endorsement by the NSGF and the Presidency, Mr. Jang entered the race and immediately picked the nomination form at about 3 p.m. on Friday, about one hour before the commencement of the election; contrary to the constitution of NGF, which states that the letter of intent should be submitted a day before an election.

Interestingly, Mr. Amaechi attended the PDP governor’s meeting where Mr. Jang was picked as the consensus candidate of the party, but did not oppose the choice.

Just before the election commenced, Mr. Akpabio submitted consensus signatures which they had earlier harvested at the PDP governors’ meeting, saying Mr. Jang was their consensus candidate and therefore there should be no election.

However, the Rivers State Governor resisted Mr. Akpabio, who tried to cause a stir. In the midst of the confusion, the Akwa Ibom governor was seen moving in and out of the hall making frantic telephone believed to be in the presidency.

The resistance of the group led by the Akwa Ibom State Governor did not hold for too long as they were overwhelmed by the pro-Amaechi group, who insisted that the election should hold.

The election held and Mr. Amaechi defeated Mr. Jang by 19 to 16 votes; a result now being contested by Mr. Akpabio and his supporters.

The new claim by Mr. Akpabio and his group that they would not recognize Mr. Amaechi’s victory is expected to throw the governors’ forum into a fresh round of crisis.

By Isi Esene

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How to write your partner an amazing love note/letter.

Do you and your lover have an anniversary looming, or do they have a landmark special occasion or birthday coming up? Whatever the reason, the fact is this: everyone loves getting letters. So what could be more perfect to spoil your girlfriend or boyfriend with, on her special day than a hand written love note?

With the age of the Internet destroying, or at the very least making physical communications with others somewhat scary, a hand written note is a rare find and marks the ultimate sign of romance in the digital age.

Yet, as much as you love your partner and as well as you may know them, many still get stumped on what to say or how to express their feelings when sitting down to write their note. Tutorials abound throughout the internet on step-by-step instructions on how to write something sweet for your sweetie. Seems a little impersonal, doesn’t it?

Tips on writing a love letter for your partner

Lucky for you, we’ve readied some great tips on how to write the perfect love letter for your beau.

#1 Compliments will get you everywhere. You heard me. It doesn’t matter the gender. Men and women love to be adored, so make sure you mention something *or several things!* you absolutely adore about your lover.

#2 Speak from the heart, not from a pre-written outline. Speaking from the heart is easier said than done, isn’t it? Strangely enough, expressing yourself to your partner may be one of the hardest parts of writing your letter.  Sure, you can say that you love your mate, appreciate them, never want to live without them, tell them they’re pretty and that they make you laugh… but then what? Those compliments aren’t exactly going to fill up an entire page’s worth of cursive.

This is why people commonly search the Internet for a template for letter writing. While this may work for wedding thank-you cards, or sympathy notes, looking for a pre-written love letter is a big romance no-no!

#3 Mention a specific experience. One of the best ways to connect in your letter is to mention a specific experience you’ve gone through together and how it made you stronger, made you laugh, or moved your heart. Not only will this give your partner something fond to look back on, but it’ll show that you wrote a letter that’s not just full of sweet yet generic niceties, but filled with things specifically about them.

#4 Use a fantastic quote. Quotes are the perfect romantic addition to any letter. It’s a lovely little way of throwing some poetry into your letter, without giving up what makes it personal.

Famous 1920s writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is highly quoteable. His romantic gems such as: “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered” or “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement,” is sure to have your lover swooning.

If old writers aren’t your thing, use funny or romantic quotes from shows or movies you both enjoy, like Woody Allen’s lighthearted narrative: “I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love, or I had smallpox.”

#5 Talk about their achievements. Make sure you mention at least one of their achievements in your letter. If your letter is congratulating them on a new job, talk about all the hard work they put into getting to where they are now in their professional life.

If the letter or card is for their birthday, throw in something funny like: “I can’t believe you’re still kicking around after *hilarious inside-joke.*” If you are writing a letter or card because of an anniversary, talk about anything they’ve sacrificed, be it family relationships, fights with friends, putting up with your bad habits or serious conditions. Mention key things they’ve done for your relationship and be sure to tell them how much you appreciate it.

#6 Don’t force yourself to write a novel.If you want to write your partner a letter, but you aren’t a man of many words, then by all means keep it short. Even if you simply tell her you love her and the last “X-many-years” have been the happiest of your life, she’s sure to love it, so long as it’s from your heart.

Don’t feel the need to write an expansive letter just to prove your love. Odds are if you’re forcing it, she’ll be able to tell. Keep it short and sweet if that’s your style.

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National Association Of Peace Studies Students NAPSS.

The National Association of Peace Studies Students (NAPSS) is the umbrella body for all Nigeria Peace loving Students which started since 2010 at LAWNA Theological Seminary, Jos, An Affiliate of University of Jos, Plateau State Nigeria.

With the sole prerogative objective of deliberating challenges to peace, promote awareness of human injustice, environmental degradation, while also encouraging non-violent conflict resolution, encompassed in the academic field of peace studies. Also, the development of avenues to prevent and resolve war, genocide, terrorism, gross violation of human rights and to build a peaceful and just system cum societies through fostering a peaceful state of mind.


Additionally, it seeks to pass on a message of understanding and appreciation for mankind in its peaceful state through all of her endeavours. We have a mandate  to organize or plan training programmes to build members’ capacity and contribute much more to our aim for True Democracy, National Peace, and Cohesion and participate in our national and international activities.

NAPSS, like her other counterparts such as the All–African Students’ Union (AASU), West African Students’ Union (WASU), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has membership cutting across the 36 states of Nigeria including FCT Abuja, and other countries of Africa such as Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt.

It has a record of mediating and promulgation activities that aids peaceful coexistence, harmony and understanding of various cultural differences, varying religious platform among many others. More so, NAPSS In our quest for the promulgation of peace, has often sought to find Role Models, Outstanding Institutions, pragmatic public servants, men and women who have at one time or the other contributed positively towards the attainment of a peaceful society, icons worthy of emulation, religious leaders, community leaders, captains of industries, employers of Labour, and Mentors in Life.

Peace makers… Peace Builders!

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Saraki: Is APC becoming vulnerable?

When the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed
in 2013, the primary aim of the party was to wrest
power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after
16 years in the saddle. A year after coming on board as
a political party, the dream of APC came to fruition as it
unseated the PDP at the federal level through an
overwhelming support from Nigerians.
The pack of goodwill the party received across the
length and breadth of the country before, during and
after the March 28 elections was as a result of the
acknowledgment by Nigerians that the party will uphold
the principles of internal democracy and focus on
issues that concern the citizenry. All seem to be going
‘rosy’ in the party until different vested interests started
angling to take charge of the leadership of the
legislative arm of government.
The intrigues turned the once knitted fold into a den of
mutual suspicion. With the outcome of the Senate
leadership election going the way of Senator Bukola
Saraki, it was only a matter of time before the epic
battle within the APC becomes the lead headline.
A slice of the brewing crisis was an extract from an
article penned by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of
the APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, where he poured venom on
the Senate President and his supporters.
Igbokwe said: “Because of the inordinate ambition of
one man and lust to be the Senate President by all
means, Saraki ignored the President, the Vice-
President, APC governors, Senators, House of
Representatives members etc. to sacrifice the unity of
his party. Senator Saraki compounded the problems of
APC, and mounted a major roadblock for its smooth
take-off considering that it is just coming to power after
16 years in opposition.
“This man put spanners in the works and initiated a
serious internal crisis within the ruling party that nearly
made Nigerians who massively voted for APC to begin
to lose hope.
Saraki and his gang of 40 thieves devastated the
master plan of our great party to choose the right
people to serve as the Principal Officers in the National
Igbokwe’s statement which came at a time Saraki is
being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, was seen
in some quarters as an instigated position, thereby
creating suspicions that the whole drama of trial is
sheer power game or fight against graft. For some
analysts, the choice of Saraki as the sacrificial lamb of
President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft crusade
appears curious, owing to the inconsistency with the
modus operandi of the trial.
For those in this school of thought, the trial of Saraki is
more political than a genuine resolve to unravel any
wrongdoing and establish justice. Apart from the
obvious political underhand, a number of procedural
flaws have been identified in the trial, these flaws to
analysts call for concern about the future of a
government that is fully yet to take-off, over 100 days
after assuming office.
For example, some analysts identified Section 24 of the
Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act that contends
that any charge to be preferred against any person
under the Act can only be handled by the Attorney
General of the Federation (AGF) or whoever he (the
AGF) has authorised to do so.
They averred that this provision is completely non-
existence in the Saraki prosecution. They posit that at
the time of starting the trial, President Buhari is yet to
have his own Attorney General and the government is
unable to wait to get an AGF in place before proceeding
with Saraki’s trial simply because to appoint one, he
has to appear before the same Saraki and others for
Thus, the political meditation that the plan is to get rid
of Saraki before appointing an Attorney General and
others sounds plausible.
Another hitch identified in the probe is the flagrant
nature that the CCB ignored its own procedure because
Section 3 (d) of the Act requires it to offer the accused
public officer the opportunity to either deny or admit to
the noncompliance or breach and that it is only in the
event of a denial that the matter can be forwarded to
the Tribunal.
Section 3(d) of the CCB Act states that: “The functions
of the Bureau shall be ….to receive complaints about
non-compliance with or breach of this Act and where
the Bureau considers it necessary to do so, refer such
complaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal established
by Section 20 of this Act in accordance with Section 20
to 25 of this Act.
Provided that where the person concerned makes a
written admission of such breach or non-compliance,
no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary.”
Interestingly, the provision was sidelined as the Saraki
team claimed to have first known about the charges
through the regular news medium like every other
person. Since the trial started, one question has been
constant at many fora and it is the fact that would
government had put Saraki on trial if he was not the
Senate President? The other leg to the question is: will
government continue with this trial if he bows out as
Senate President?
For one, Saraki’s sin, as it were, is in two-fold. First, he
challenged the authorities and defeated them to
become the Senate President. Some analysts noted
that the president had committed himself by saying he
belongs to nobody but all.
They averred that the president pretended he didn’t
mind the emergence of Saraki but also asked at the
same time that party supremacy must be upheld. In the
alternative, therefore, he wanted Saraki to make use of
the list the party gave him for senate leadership
positions since a few of the “president’s men” were
But Saraki didn’t see the opening as well as the trap
and announced that his hands were tied. He went
ahead to announce the other list preferred by the
senators since it is the prerogative of the senators to
choose their leaders. As it is, the whole arrangement is
to limit Saraki’s option and choke him out of his current
seat that seems to threaten the existence of the
president, it is either they watch him go down fighting
or bounce off the other option.
The other option to have him resign and elect a new
president of the senate seems remote, but whether he
goes down fighting or resigns and the situation opens
up the door for a new senate president, the more
vulnerable APC becomes and the president had better
prepare to live with a most likely PDP Senate President.
Presently, there are insinuations that even with the
Saraki trial yet to start, the party leadership has begun
to subtly look for a replacement from the North-
Central, preferably a Muslim. So, what does the
equation look like in the zone? If it is not predominantly
new intakes, it is populated more by Christians, who are
The implication of this, therefore, is that the APC may
be playing to the hands of the PDP, whose 49 is not
only intact, but will bountifully reap from APC’s divided
house (like the Tambuwal experience) and most likely
elect a David Mark as Senate President.
In sum, some analysts have argued that with the way
Saraki is being treated, it is clear that the APC seems
handicapped to protect their own and would offer
anyone for sacrifice whenever it chooses to if such
person is seen as anti-establishment. With the centre
not holding for the party, the variegated colours of the
change emblem are fast blurring out and it is only left
to be seen how the party will tie its shoe lace for the
task ahead.

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She’s in excruciating Pain… #StellaMustWalkAgain. PLEASE COME TO OUR AID.

TRAGEDY OF SERVICE; 18 involved, 2 gone, 1 still down!


14th of March 2015 remains a date that cannot be forgotten or sidelined in the history of Rotaract Club of Osogbo (D9125) and Rotaract club of Egbeda (D9110) during an International Exchange programme between the duos slated for March 13 – 15, 2015.
Friday,13th of March, we received our partners (RAC Egbeda) from Lagos State and started with a courtesy visit to the king of Erin-Osun and executed projects like,Donation of Mosquito nets to prevent malaria, Donation of Exercise books to secondary school students of the community,Donation of Pampers to the nursing mothers, Free Malaria test. The whole community was agog as so many people were beneficiaries of this  great and life touching projects. The king was so excited to host us in his community and appreciated our humanitarian effort with prayers.

On Saturday, 14th of March,the fateful day started with a friendly match which took place between both clubs. Members returned to their rooms after the match and freshened up, had breakfast and assembled inside a 18-passenger bus. The bus couldn’t contain everybody and a 10-passenger cab was hired as no one wanted to miss the great view at the museum in Esie,Kwara state where human beings turned to statue.
The journey began and it was fun all through in the buses till we arrived at the museum where we had nice time learning lessons from the incredible things we saw. After the sight-seeing, we decided to have our lunch and relax by swimming as the weather was getting hotter. After much fun, we assembled again into both buses to start our journey back home. We took of at exactly 5:25pm.

#Sigh#..The journey was smooth just like it was when coming until we reached Ajase-Ipo within the hours of 6pm when the story changed. We heard a loud noise of screeching tires,there was dust and right in front of our eyes, the bus swerved to the left,then went back to the right and eventually crashed into a thick bush turning upside down.
Immediately the smile on everybody’s face turned sour, and laughter turned to tears. As shocked and devastated as we are, some had to make the move of carrying and pulling the victims out one after the other and rushed them to a nearby hospital in Ajase-Ipo. Rtr. Olorunfemi Stella was rejected at the hospital and advised to be taken to another hospital for better treatment. While others were admitted for first aid treatment, Stella still had to suffer more pain in her critical state as she had to be driven to Offa General Hospital where she received her first treatment and again transferred to University Teaching Hospital in Ilorin that same night and still there till today.


Victims with critical cases were later detected and transferred to Ilorin for better treatment as well. Treatment was on-going and some were eventually discharged but so pathetic, our dear Rtr.Akinbola Peter from RAC Egbeda couldn’t make it, he died five days after leaving Rtr. Stella and Ariyo Folasade in a critical state. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. (Amen).

After four months of pains,agony and suffering and with all hope and assurance so high that all is well with our other hospitalized friends, just few days ago, August 24 to be precise, we lost our dear Folasade again. Oh death! Where is thy sting, oh grave! Where is thy victory. So painful indeed, we took faith in the fact that God alone giveth and taketh away, we pray God grant them eternal rest cum grant us the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable losses. Sleep on dear brother and sister, we love you but God loves you most.
Rtr. Olorunfemi Stella remains the only victim lying on the hospital bed for over five months now, undergoing several surgeries and treatments on daily basis, one can imagine the kind of pain she’s going through.



Lots of money have been spent and more is still needed for her to recover and stand on her feet, we can’t wait to see her walk on her feet and make us happy as there has never been
We are full of assurance that the good Lord will answer our prayers over you and soonest we shall see you again on your feet in peace.


SOS: We humbly use this medium to solicit for your kind benevolence in other to make #StellaMustWalkAgain a reality via support in kind, cash and prayer is still needed to sustain her. Please help with all your might to sustain a humanitarian service oriented lady who has impacted lives with all her might.
For Stella to walk again, she urgently needs to be flown abroad, India precisely for medical Surgery/Treatment at a cost of about three million, five hundred thousand naira (#3,500,000:00).

Account details;
Account Name: Olorunfemi Stella Account Number: 3337849695 Bank: Diamond bank

Thanks and God bless.

Signed: Team #StellaMustWalkAgain
08069775991, 08062924587, 08060009742, 08102105145, 08069408795


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Incoming district governors excited to ‘be a gift’

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

150119_themeBy Ryan Hyland, Rotary editorial staff

Incoming district governors enthusiastically greeted the presidential theme for 2015-16, Be a Gift to the World, during a dinner 18 January at the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future district leaders. RI President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran is asking Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership in the coming year to transform the lives of others.

We caught up with incoming district governors after the theme was announced to get their thoughts.

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Rotary Peace Fellow: storytelling can build peace

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

Kiran Sirah speaks at the International Assembly 21 January. Photo by Alyce Henson/Rotary International Kiran Sirah speaks at the International Assembly 22 January. Photo by Alyce Henson/Rotary International

Kiran Sirah is the executive director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He graduated from the Rotary Peace Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Folklore. The following is a excerpt from his speech 22 January at the International Assembly, a training event for incoming leaders in San Diego, California, USA.

There is a saying: The world is like a book, and those who do not travel will only ever have read the first page. For me storytelling is a way of traveling the world. Why? Because it enables us to be inspired, to follow our dreams, and to realize that our stories belong to a world full of stories just waiting to unfold.

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The amazing role of Australians in eradicating polio

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

Susanne Rea and a friend during her visit to India. Susanne Rea and a friend during her visit to India.

By Susanne Rea, past president of the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise, Queensland, Australia

I was four-years-old when I contracted polio. I was fortunate to have made a complete recovery, but defeating polio has remained personal for me. I am also proud to be an Aussie. You can bet I was cheering loudly during the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney when our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced a pledge of $100 million over five years to help eradicate polio.

On Australia Day (26 January), I reflected on the significant contribution Australians have had on polio eradication. Past RI President Clem Renouf (1978-79) had the vision to involve Rotary in ridding the world of this crippling disease. Rotary member Jenny Horton has spent her life on the front lines, immunizing children against polio in endemic countries.

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