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Jonathan, Aisha, Atiku And Others Emerge As Nominees For NIGERIA’S DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY AWARD 2018



Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari as well as former Vice President and PDP Presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar among others have emerged as nominees for the coveted African Grand Awards in honour of Nigeria’s Defenders of Democracy 2018.

In a release signed by the Head Media of the AFRICAN GRAND AWARDS (AGA), an initiative powered by DEMOCRACY WATCH INTERNATIONAL, a leading UK-based apolitical citizens group advocating for democratic reforms, government accountability and corporate responsibility, in conjunction with XCEL MEDIA, publishers of the famous XCEL International Magazine brand, the organization announced their intention to honor selected Nigerians who have played significant roles in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

According to the release, the Award titled NIGERIA’S DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY 2018 seek to recognize Nigerians who have played significant roles in fighting and speaking against the retrogressive abuse of constitutional and democratic institutions. Men and women who are willing to stake their lives and fortune if need be to ensure that democracy and rule of law thrives unhindered in the country.

Speaking to Journalists, the Country Coordinator of the project, Mr. Barth Emuekpere, who is also the  President, XCEL MEDIA Limited and Publisher of XCEL International Magazine explained that the 2018 awards are in two categories; NIGERIA’S DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY and 10 MOST OUTSTANDING AFRICANS AWARD 2018.

According to Mr. Emuekpere, the Awards have become necessary in view of the all-important messages they portend for the Continent, pointing out that while the Outstanding Africans Awards seek to celebrate role models in Africa, the Nigeria’s Defenders of Democracy Award is aimed at bringing to the fore, the all-important role of the opposition in democratic governance, noting that “…a democratic system devoid of a vibrant opposition will certainly glide towards autocracy and dictatorship.”

The release further revealed that the choice will be that of Nigerians and Africans in general to make, adding that the just concluded nominations for the Nigeria’s Defenders of Democracy Awards is an outcome of a nation-wide public poll which was done through SMS and online voting on the process finally culminated in the shortlist of the 30 Nominees with the highest number of nomination, adding that the final stage of voting for the top 10 has commenced online.

The Nominees include:

  1. DR. GOODLUCK JONATHAN – Nigeria’s Former President who continues to hug media headlines and receive accolades years after heroically relinquishing power to the incumbent.
  2. AISHA BUHARINigeria’s pretty and reserved First Lady who has continued to speak out against anti-democratic norms and beliefs of her husband’s led government
  3. SEN. BUKOLA SARAKI, – current President of Nigeria’s Senate
  4. RT. HON. YAKUBU DOGARANigeria’s 14th and current Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  5. ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR (GCON)Businessman, Philanthropist and Former Vice-President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the PDP.
  6. FEMI FALANA – Senior Advocate of Nigeria, respected Lawyer and human rights activist
  7. 7. HIGH CHIEF RAYMOND DOKPESI, Media Guru & Politician who has always been at the forefront in the quest for a healthy democracy
  8. GOV. AYODELE FAYOSEFormer Governor of Ekiti State and one of the most popular politicians in the country today.
  9. SEN. BOLA AHMED TINUBUCelebrated Asiwaju and Jagaban of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress.
  10. GOV. NYESOM WIKEPolitician and lawyer, who is the sixth and current Governor of Rivers State, and Nigeria’s former Minister of  State for Education
  11. GOV. AMINU TAMBUWAL – Governor of Sokoto State and former                                                                                         Speaker of the House of Representatives     
  12. PROF. CHARLES SOLUDONigerian Economics Professor and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
  13. SEN. DINO MELAYERadical lawmaker and Senate Committee Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory.
  14. PASTOR TUNDE BAKARENigerian Prophetic-Apostolic pastor who has received national and international attention for his televangelism.
  15. ANN-KIO BRIGGSEnglish-born Nigerian environmental and human rights activist.
  16. SEN. GODSWILL AKPABIO (CON) – former Senate Minority Leader and Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
  17. FEMI FANI-KAYODEFormer Minister of Aviation and spokesman of former President Jonathan’s Campaign Organization.
  18. RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHIThe incumbent Minister of Transportation and fifth Governor of Rivers State.
  19. SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI – Emir of Kano Emirate, a successful banker, climaxing his profession as a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
  20. SEN. BEN MURRAY-BRUCEEntertainment business magnate and politician. He is the Senator currently representing the Bayelsa East Senatorial district of Bayelsa State.
  21. YINKA ODUMAKINFormer Spokesman to General Buhari and currently the Publicity-Secretary of the Pan Yoruba Socio-Political group, Afeniferes.
  22. SEN. AISHA JUMMAI AL-HASSANFormer Senator and former Minister of Women Affairs.
  23. CHIEF OLISA AGBAKOBASenior Advocate of Nigeria, respected lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association.
  24. SEN. SHEHU SANISenator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
  25. SULE LAMIDOFormer Governor of Jigawa State.
  26. Dr. OBY EZEKWESILIThe Nation’s Former Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and Education and co-convener of the Bring Back our Girls Group.
  27. CHIEF JOHN NWODOLawyer, Economist and two-time minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  28. TANKO YAKASSAIA Politician and Human Rights activist.
  29. AISHA YESUFUActivist and co-convener of the Bring Back our Girls Group and
  30. JUNAID MOHAMMEDPolitician and Second Republic lawmaker


He however thanked Nigerians who took out time to participate in the exercise, adding that the nomination for the 10 Most Outstanding Africans Awards is still ongoing on the same website. In conclusion, he reminded Nigerians and Africans in general that the task to reposition the nation and continent on the path of greatness is a collective responsibility, while urging Nigerians to continue in the same spirit of patriotism as voting for the final winners is ongoing.


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  1. Hon Mercy Chioma Nwamadi

    November 29, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I vote for AISHA

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