Publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah Is Dead

 

The Publisher of the Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, has died.

He died on Friday at the age of 58.

According to a statement by the family, posted on the website of the Leadership Newspaper, the media mogul died after a brief illness.

“Nda-Isaiah was a family man, a serial entrepreneur and visioner, and a passionate politician. He was, above all, a man of faith. Even in this moment of grief, we know he is in a better place,” the statement added.

He was also a serial entrepreneur with a portfolio of thriving businesses and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on whose platform he contested for presidential ticket in 2014.

Born in Minna, the Niger State capital (on May 1, 1962), Nda-Isaiah had his early education in UNA Elementary School before switching over to the Christ Church School, Kaduna in 1968 where he completed his primary education.

He attended the Federal Government College, Kaduna, from 1974 to 1979. He later studied Pharmacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University and did his National Youth Service Corps programme at the Ekiti State General Hospital in 1984.

Fondly called ‘Sam’, Nda-Isaiah is an alumnus of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

He began his working career as a pharmacist at the Kano Specialist Hospital before he moved to the General Hospital, Minna, after which he joined Pfizer Products Limited from 1985 to 1989.

He attended an event on December 10, just a day before his sudden death.

‘A Committed Pillar’

Tributes have been pouring in for him, with several persons describing the loss as shocking and painful.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan described him as someone who “fervently believed in the Nigerian project”, saying “this was reflected in his writings and the editorial focus and tone of his Leadership Newspaper”.

“His contributions as a public opinion-shaper and principled politician are profound and have put his imprints on the Nigerian history despite his early home call,” he added.


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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila also said “the Nigerian media industry has lost one of its committed pillars”.

According to him, the Leadership Publisher’s death came at a time that the services of the media are needed most to promote unity among Nigerians as well as the development and growth of the country.

Both National Assembly leaders, prayed for the repose of his soul and for God to comfort his family.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also condoled with the family, over the loss of Sam Nda-Isaiah who he escribes as “a friend and ally”.

He said he will be sorely missed, adding that “the country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria,”

Buhari Bags Leadership Award, Restates Commitment To Democracy

Muhammadu Buhari, Leadership Award, DemocracyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called on the political class to build on the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections to nurture Nigeria’s democratic process.

The President made the call at a ceremony in Abuja, where he received the “Leadership 2015 Man of the Year Award” organised by the Leadership Group.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the former Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, were among other awardees at the event.

President Buhari asked the award winners to remain committed to good behaviour in their endeavours.

He said that this would enable them justify their recognition, which he said should serve as an inspiration to other Nigerians.

The award was as a result of the phone call made by Dr. Jonathan, conceding defeat to President Buhari in the 2015 general elections.

The poll was the first in the history of Nigeria where an incumbent president would be defeated in a keenly contested election.

On his part, former President Abdulsalam Abubakar said it could not have been easy if the major players had resisted the outcome of the poll.

In separate remarks, the Chairman of the Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, paid tribute to the major players.

Buhari Presidency Will Restore ‘Investor Confidence’ – Amosun

BuhariOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the maturity and statesmanship displayed by aspirants and delegates at the just concluded presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun also congratulated the winner, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his overwhelming victory, and the APC, for conducting a free, fair and credible presidential primary, which was acceptable to all contestants.

He described the election of Buhari as most timely and well deserved, expressing optimism that the eventual election of the APC’s presidential flag bearer in the 2015 poll would restore investor confidence in Nigeria and also bring an end to the insurgency in the north-east.

“With his experience and track record, I strongly believe that when elected, come 2015, Muhammadu Buhari would tackle the spate of insurgency head long and restore investor confidence in our economy and indeed the nation.

“I also commend the statesmanship of the other aspirants and the maturity displayed by all at the primary. Other contestants congratulated the winner and that is very worthy of emulation,” the Governor said.

Amosun urged all party faithful and well meaning Nigerians to vote massively for the APC and its candidates at all levels, pointing out that the quantum of development across the APC governed states and the peaceful conduct of the presidential primary are clear demonstration that the party is not only committed to democratic ideals but also passionate about fulfilling its electoral promises.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

During the Owerri event, which took place at the Imo International Conference Centre, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegates, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Apart from the delegates, also present at the event were all the state executive of the Imo State All Progressives Congress, except the Chairman who was still in Lagos, members of the Okorocha’s cabinet and other state appointees.

Muhammadu Buhari Wins APC Presidential Ticket

BuhariA former Nigerian military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, has won the Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

General Buhari emerged winner of the Presidential primary election held in the early hours of Thursday but which was concluded in the evening.

Buhari scored 3,430 votes to defeat other aspirants; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (954 votes); Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso (974 votes); Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha (624 votes) and the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah (10 votes) with 16 votes recorded as invalid.

The election process began on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city in the South-West with 7,214 accredited delegates.

At least 10,000 members of the APC, drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, were at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to pick the party’s flag-bearer for the 2015 presidential election.

After the APC delegates finished voting, sorting began and the sorting process involved putting contents into a transparent ballot box after which the ballots were sorted out based on aspirants’ votes.

Once that was done, the content of each of the box assigned to each aspirant was counted under the watchful eyes of their representatives and observers.Buhari

General Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 Presidential election that will hold on February 14 2015. President Jonathan has been ratified as the candidate of the PDP at a National Convention held on Wednesday in Abuja.

President Jonathan was earlier given the party’s sole candidacy, but the decision was upturned by the party’s leadership, giving others an opportunity to declare their interest in the position.

Muhammadu Buhari is a retired General in the Nigerian Army. He was the military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985.

Buhari came to public attention in 1976 when he became the Minister (or “Federal Commissioner”) for Petroleum and Natural Resources under then-Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo.

He later became head of the newly created Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in 1977.

Before then, he served as Governor of the newly created North-Eastern State during the regime of Murtala Mohammed.

Buhari Accuses FG of Religious Manipulation Ahead of 2015

BuhariThe former head of state and Presidential Aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari says the greatest problem facing Nigeria is not religion or tribal differences, but the deliberate plot by the ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP) led government to use religion and ethnicity to polarise the country for selfish gains ahead of the 2015 general election.

Speaking during the APC Northern Stakeholders Interactive Meeting held in Kaduna on Saturday, General Buhari noted that going by the militarisation of the last governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states where a large number of soldiers and other security operatives were deployed for the election, shows that the ruling PDP is desperate to hold on to power using every means at its disposal.

He argued that the abducted Chibok school girls from Borno state by the Boko Haram members would have been rescued if the federal government had deployed such number of soldiers to the north east where the Boko Haram terrorists have killed thousands of innocent people.

While stating that 2015 should be another year of extreme concern for the country, Buhari said another four years of PDP will send Nigeria down the drain and therefore called on the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) to ensure that it does not disenfranchise eligible voters in the ongoing voter registration and to also provide a level playing ground for all political parties and candidates.

Also speaking Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, stressed the need for the north to be united in order to defeat some of the challenges confronting the region, lamenting that the north had remained backward despite its contribution to nation building, calling on all Nigerians to be actively involved in the political transition by voting an APC government that will rescue the country from alleged maladministration of the PDP.

The Deputy national chairman of the party, Lawal Shuaibu who set the agenda of the day, said the meeting was convened primarily to discuss the state of the party as it affects the north and the country in general and thereafter seek the opinion of party leaders on how to move the party forward.

He said since the last APC national convention, the party has faced a number of challenges which include the impeachment of the former Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako, the move to remove his Nasarawa state counter part through unconstitutional means and the loss recorded by the party in the Ekiti state governorship election, stating that the meeting has nothing to do with discussing on who emerges as the consensus presidential candidate of the party.

Other speakers include the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum(ACF) which urged the party to come up with a formidable consensus presidential candidate that will be acceptable to the North and the country at large in other to defeat the ruling PDP in the next election.

Present at the meeting were presidential aspirants of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Sam Nda Isaiah.

Others are governors of the party, senators, party chairmen and other stakeholders from the 19 northern states.