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COPDEM: Obi, Yesufu, Oseni, Nrialike, ors bag Icons of Democracy Awards



Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, to be conferred with COPDEM Icons of Democracy Awards

Labour Party (LP) candidate for 2023 presidential election, His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi, alongside former Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and former President, His Excellency Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua have been nominated for the Coalition for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) Icons of Democracy Awards.

The COPDEM event comes up Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District, Abuja.

Other projected recipients of the prestigious awards 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 rest are Human Rights Activist Aisha Yesufu, Nollywood Actor and celebrity lawyer, Barrister Kenneth Okonkwo, and a group, the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN).

How will the winners emerge?

The ten winners will emerge following a rigorous voting on the COPDEM website over a period of about one month.

Interested ones casted their votes for over 100 contestants in 10 different categories after which a winner emerges.

One winner will emerge from each of the ten categories and will go home with the prized award.

Peter Obi, who is clearly in the lead when Diaspora Digital Media (DDM) visited the website.

He is expected to clinch the COPDEM “Best Politician Icon of Democracy” award.

Barrister Nrialike may also smile home with the “Lawyer Icon of Democracy” award judging by the lead margin.

HRH Sanusi, Rufai Oseni and Kenneth Okonkwo are also projected to emerge victorious in their various categories.

Only Aisha Yesufu may win in two COPDEM categories — “Activist Icon of Democracy” and “Social Media Influencer Icon of Democracy” — respectively.

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See the full list of the 10 categories and expected COPDEM winners, as well as the expected runners-up below.

COPDEM Icons of Democracy Awards projected 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

Other categories

Other COPDEM categories are:

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?

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

Find below a copy of an invitation to the event:


Coalition for the Protection of Democracy (COPDEM), a.k.a. Transform Nigeria Citizens Initiative was formed by Nigerian Citizens inspired by the urgent need to contribute to the development of partisan politics and good governance in Nigeria.

The Citizens includes every Nigerian that subscribes to the ideals of Egalitarian Nigeria as enumerated in the Aims and Objectives of COPDEM as stated in our constitution.

COPDEM operates as Independent Political Action Group (PAG, an organization that pools Human Resources and Campaign Contributions from members to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.

COPDEM was initiated in view of the imperatives to establish a robust prodemocratic movement across party, tribal, regional, and religious sentiments to champion the cause of protecting Nigeria’s democracy from corruption and destabilisation.

Mission of COPDEM

COPDEM was created and structured to connect members from national to the Ward levels to ensure that all patriotic Nigerians are carried along in promoting and protecting our cherished democracy.

The mission of COPDEM is to promote and protect the ideals of democracy in government policies and practices for good governance and dividends of Democracy for all.

The vision of COPDEM, s captured on a memorandum on its website, is for a prosperous nation in peace and unity.

Free and fair elections are critical to the objectives of COPDEM as well as ensuring equal opportunities for all Nigerians from all backgrounds and in all aspects of the national life.

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Critical to the formation and concerns of COPDEM is the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

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