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Obi, Rufai, Aisha Yusufu, others to receive COPDEM Icons of Democracy Awards


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Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election alongside former Emir of Kano, Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and former President, His Excellency Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua have been nominated for the Committee for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) Icons of Democracy Awards.

According to a statement jointly signed by Mr Rwang Pam Jr, National Chairman of COPDEM and it’s secretary general, Mrs Ebere Obiesie said that the event which is slated for Saturday, May 11, 2024, will be held at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria.

Also, other projected recipients of the awards according to a report by Diaspora Digital Media (DDM), include the current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Barrister Ifeanyi Nrialike and Arise News TV Presenter, Mr. Rufai Oseni.

The statement reads, “Dear Sir,


“The Coalition for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) is pleased to invite you to COPDEM’s Icons of Democracy Awards’ and Media Dinner.

“Following Nigeria’s historic 2023 general elections, the Coalition for the Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) decided to recognize the efforts, sacrifices, and resilience of lovers of our country.

“100 Nigerians have been nominated in 10 categories. The nominees will receive certificates of recognition.

“Award winners will be announced at the Icons of Democracy & Scholarship Award Night and Media Dinner, that will take place as follows:

“Date: 11th of May 2024
Venue: Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria
Time: 5:00 PM

“Other events lined up for the day include, COPDEM State Delegates Convention, Democracy Heroes Award, Media Dinner, Scholarship Awards Ceremony and a Book Launch.

“We look forward to welcoming you at the ceremony.

“Yours sincerely”.

Meanwhile, see the full list of the ten categories and their expected winners, as well as the expected first two runners-up below:

Icons of Democracy Awards winners:

CATEGORY 1: Who is Your Best Politician Icon of Democracy?

1. Peter Obi (84%, 1,372 Votes)
2. Olusegun Obasanjo (6%, 101 Votes)
3. Yemi Osinbajo (3%, 41 Votes)

CATEGORY 2: Who is Your Lawyer Icon of Democracy?

1. Ifeanyi Nrialike
2. Mr Femi Falana
3. Kenneth Okonkwo

CATEGORY 3: Who is Your Activist Icon of Democracy?

1. Aisha Yesufu
2. Dele Farotimi
3. David Hundeyin

CATEGORY 4: Who is Your Media Personality/Organisation Icon of Democracy?

1. Rufai Oseni
2. Arise TV
3. Njenje Media

CATEGORY 5: Who is Your ‘Religious Leader’ Icon of Democracy?

1. Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah
2. Pastor Paul Enenche
3. Prophet Isa El-Buba

CATEGORY 6: Who is Your Social Media Influencer Icon of Democracy?

1. Aisha Yesufu (40%, 509 Votes)
2. David Hundeyin (32%, 404 Votes)
3. Charly Boy (8%, 108 Votes)

CATEGORY 7: Who is Your Celebrity Icon of Democracy?

1. Kenneth Okonkwo
2. Prof Nnenna Oti
3. Marcaroni

CATEGORY 8: Who is Your Royal Father (Traditional Ruler) Icon of Democracy?

1. HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
2. The Obi of Onitsha
3. The Ooni of Ife

CATEGORY 9: Which of these Late Nigerians would you vote to give the Prestigious Post Humous Award?

1. Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua
2. Dora Akunyili
3. Odumegwu Ojukwu

CATEGORY 10: Which of these Organisations would you give a Icon of Democracy Award?

1. Peter Obi Support Network (POSN)
2. Like Minds for Peter Obi (LMPO)
3. Obidient Supporter Network (OSN)


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