ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders

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Veteran Yoruba movie actor, Mr Kareem Adepoju, has called for peace among members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), after a court judgement on the crisis rocking the national body of the association.

Adepoju, who is popularly known as Baba Wande, said the judgement of the High Court sitting in Ejigbo, Osun State on March 28, 2017 that Mr Victor Asaolu should remain in office as the President of ANTP till February 2018, was not a solution to the crisis bedevilling the association.

He called on all stakeholders including the governors and royal fathers in Nigeria’s South-West region to intervene in the matter and save the ANTP, lauding the efforts of the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, in resolving the crisis.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television at his residence in Osogbo, Baba Wande appealed to all Yoruba film actors and actresses to come together and speak in one voice to develop the industry.

“Some of us feel that the tenure of the President of ANTP, Mr Victor Ashaolu has expired, but the man insisted that he has not finished his tenure and he took the matter to court instead of leaving the office.

“The man has been in the office as the ANTP President since 2010, whereas he was supposed to spend four years. The matter was brought to a court in Osun here and after several years of litigation, the court eventually ruled that Ashaolu’s tenure will end in February next year.

“As law abiding citizens of this country, we must respect the court and obey the judgement, unless anyone is interested in appealing the judgement in the higher court and that cannot be a solution to the problem we are battling with.

“I want to appeal to all Yoruba film-makers, actors and actresses to unite and speak in one voice in the best interest of all of us. This current crisis in the ANTP will not benefit anyone of us and the society.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders, especially the Governors of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode; Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the ANTP leadership crisis.

“I’m also appealing to our traditional rulers in Yoruba land, especially the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to wade in and help us settle the dispute so that we can be together.

“We are grateful to the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who has been making frantic efforts to resolve the crisis. We appreciate his efforts so far and we also want him to intensify efforts so that the crisis would be resolved while we unite to make our association great again,” the Yoruba actor said.

Recalled that leading members of the ANTP pulled out from the association and form a parallel association christened Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Mr Adebayo Salami, also known as ‘Oga Bello’, Prince Jide Kosoko and Mr Dele Odule, who had a running battle with Mr Ashaolu over the leadership tussle in ANTP, formed TAMPAN in Lagos State.

Oyo Declares Public Holiday For Olubadan’s Coronation

OlubadanThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has declared Friday, March 4, as public holiday throughout the state to commemorate the coronation of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land.

The new Oba Saliu Olasupo Adetunji will be installed at the historic Mapo Hall in the heart of Ibadan on Friday.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, in an interview with Channels Television, said that preparations were in top gear for a successful coronation.

Dignitaries are expected from all walks of life both within the country and from the diplomatic community.

Mr Layinka added that all arrangements have been concluded with security agents to ensure that no breach in security is recorded during and after the historic event.

He, however, warned all corporate organisations not to litter the state with any illegal branding of any sort for the event as the entire programme is sponsored by the Oyo State Government.

He added that market places and business premises are expected to be closed for business while the event lasts to honour the new king.

The last coronation of this nature was done for the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, in 2007.

Buhari, Ajimobi Others Pay Last Respect To Olubadan

OlubadanPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of the late Olubadan of Ibadan land as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President made the call on Wednesday at the funeral service of the departed monarch held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral, Aremo in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

He said that Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I, exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informed the progress made in Oyo State.

The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive as well as to leave a good legacy after death.

He said that the whole of Nigeria was proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.

In his remarks, the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, paid a glowing tribute to the late traditional ruler whom he said had exemplary attributes.

Governor Ajimobi said that the late Olubadan left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.

In his sermon, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.

Dignitaries from all walks of life on Wednesday paid their last respect to the departed Olubadan of Ibadan land as his remains was committed to mother earth.

Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos States, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and Mr Akinwumi Ambode and the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.

Buhari Eulogises Olubadan As Body Is Interred

OlubadanDignitaries from all walks of life on Friday paid their last respect to the departed monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, as his remains was committed to mother earth.

Leading Dignitaries at the funeral service which was held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral Aremo Ibadan, was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.

In the message delivered by Prof. Osinbajo, the President said that the departed monarch exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informs the progress made in Oyo state.

The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive and to leave a good legacy after death.

He said, “The whole of Nigeria is proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.”

Eminent personalities from all walks of live joined the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bid the foremost king final farewell.

Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Mr Akinwumi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.

Olubadan-dignitaries

In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi paid glowing tribute to what he called the exemplary attributes of the late traditional ruler saying he left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Ibadan North, Church of Nigeria – Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.

The priest challenged all and sundry to be cognizant of the need to live a life that would guarantee them good names and legacies after their death.