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Over 4000 Young Leaders from across South East Nigeria will gather in Imo State to discuss their participation in Political leadership in the region and across the country. The Youths will participate at the South East Edition of the Nigeria’s Emerging Political Leaders Forum 2017.

The NEPLF is a NON-PARTISAN initiative of GLEEHD Foundation for Leadership and International Development, an international organization headquartered in the United Kingdom with an African regional secretariat in Nigeria established to promote the development of Africa and Africans. The Forum brings together thousands of Young and Emerging Political Leaders from across the Nigerian Geopolitical zones interested politics or running for public office in Nigeria’s coming elections, for a “learning from experience” encounter. Please see  www.neplf.gleehdfoundation.org.ng for more details.

Panel Topics include:

*Understanding the Run of play in your constituency and over and winning against the run of play.

*Not too young but too broke to run: funding and financing your campaign

*Politics 101: Managing party stakeholders and leaders for new entrant interested in winning party tickets

*Securing your Vote on Election Day: lessons for aspiring independent candidates

*Building a Campaign and Political Structure

*Winning with Women

*Becoming politically active without contesting election.

Confirmed panellist to share thoughts and discuss with emerging leaders includes: H.E Rochas Okorocha – Governor of Imo State, H.E. Achike Udenwa – Former Governor of Imo State, H.E Ikedi Ohakim – Former Governor of Imo State, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa - Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Rt. Hon. Chukwuemeka Ihedioha – Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senator Christiana Anyanwu - Senator Emeritus for Imo East, Prof. Barthlomew Nnaji – Former Presidential Candidate & Former Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu O. Nebo – Former Minister of Power, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho – Former Nigerian Minister of Interior, Chief Mrs Kema Chikwe – Former Minister of Aviation, Rt. Hon. Chief Goodluck Nanah Opiah - Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Chima E. Obieze – Member, Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Stanley Amuchie– Chief Financial Officer Zenith Bank, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa - President/CEO, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc, Hon. Uche Onyeagocha - Former Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Okey Ezeh – Former APGA Gubernatorial Aspirant, Dr. Ken Ikpe – Group Chief Operating Officer of Insight Redefini, Hon. Ngozi Obiefule – Member representing Isu Imo State House of Assembly, Mrs Getrude Oduka,  Igboayaka O. Igboayaka – OYC - National Publicity Secretary, Prince Sam Ezeanyika -Senior Lecturer ‎Imo State University, Mrs Getrude Oduka – Former Imo Commissioner for Education, Hon Chike Okafor – Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Uche Nwosu – Chief of Staff Imo State Government House, Hon Igboayaka O Igboayaka – Secretary Imo State Labour Party, Hon Chinenye Poly Ezumoha, Pastor Jerry Eze of Streams of Joy and many more to be confirmed.

Panels will be moderated by Media experts and celebrities including Kanayo O Kanayo.

The South West Edition recently held in Lagos and was attended by over 4000 Young Leaders who interacted with political leaders from various political divides across South West States including Former Governor Segun Mimiko (Ondo PDP), Prof Remi Sonaiya (Osun KOWA), Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila (Leader of the House of Reps), Rt. Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa (APC - SSA to the President), Mr Jimi Agbaje (PDP Lagos), Senator Jide Omoworare (APC Osun), Senator Mamora, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Barr Ebere Ifendu (Labour Party Publicity Secretary), Hajia Fatee Mohamed (PDP), Chief Mrs Sinatu Ojikutu (PDP -  Former Deputy Governor of Lagos)  and others. Panel Moderators included CEO Level Journalists such as Agatha Amatha etc.

The South-West Forum is being followed by the South East Forum in Imo on Saturday 18th November 2017, and the South-South Forum on Friday 24th November 2017 in Calabar, before heading to Northern Nigeria and the Diaspora.

In the words of the Forum Coordinator and Africa Regional Director at GLEEHD Foundation, Mr Dayo Israel, “We believe that Nigeria must subscribe to the new trend of youthful political leadership in developed climes. From Luxembourg, Canada, Ireland to the election of 39-year old Emmanuel Macron in France, the world is changing and Nigeria must follow suit. There must therefore be a deliberate attempt to eradicate the systemic alienation of Young Africans from the political process in a conscious attempt to secure a political future for the country. It’s on this premise that GLEEHD Foundation in collaboration with the Commonwealth Africa Initiative and other partners is bringing together stakeholders to discuss how Young Nigeria can be major actors in the Nigerian political scenes especially as regards the 2019 general elections”.

Registration for the Forum is FREE but delegate must register online on www.neplf.gleehdfoundation.org.ng or  www. southeastneplf.eventbrite.com.

Exhibition spaces are available at the Forum for business and individuals interested in showcasing their products and services to the audience. Exhibitors and sponsors should email nigeria@gleehdfoundation.org or call 08092953047, 08166765045, and 08037102222.

The event will be followed with a full day training on Political Leadership and Campaign Management by the ReadyRunWin Academy of GLEEHD Foundation on the 21st November in Imo. This course is accredited by the London Professional Training Center and will provide better insight into electioneering and campaign management for emerging political leaders.
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