ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders


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.

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his 74th birthday.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka, the Ogun State Governor joined family, friends, political associates and well-wishers to celebrate the President on the occasion of his birthday, on Saturday.

“On this occasion of your birthday, we celebrate you and your commitment to the socio-economic and political development of our dear nation, Nigeria,” the Governor said.

Governor Amosun added that, “at 74, the President’s work ethics, commitment to the Nigerian nation and style of leadership is indeed a great lesson to the younger generation.”

The governor prayed that Allah continues to grant the President good health, sound mind and fulfilment in his efforts to steer the ship of the Nigerian state in the right direction.

Fayose Blames INEC For PDP’s Loss In Ondo Election

INEC Rigged Ondo Election In Advance For APC - Fayose
Mr Ayo Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the outcome of the Ondo State Governorship election won by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He believes the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its collaborators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election before it was conducted.

He said; “Just as I would have loved to congratulate the winner, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), because in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser, the role of INEC in awarding victory to him in the election left much to be desired”.

The Governor, who reacted in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said INEC gave the APC victory in the election “by deliberately replacing the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate, thereby creating legal logjam that lasted till three days to the election”.

He said that the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the uncharitable actions of INEC, “which has no doubt become an arm of the APC”.

He maintained that apart from the APC, political parties in Nigeria are now contesting elections against INEC.

“The whole process was a deliberate sabotage by INEC, which has totally bastardised the electoral process.

“Obviously, all these shenanigans are geared towards turning Nigeria to a one part state by weakening all opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections but I can assure Nigerians that this will not last because the people will always be defeat tyranny,” he said.

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election Win

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election WinIn a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara maintained that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election is a proof that the party is still loved by Nigerians.

“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign”, the statement read.

The Speaker urged all stakeholders to come together and ensure that the incoming APC government in Ondo delivers on the mandate given by the people in line with the party’s manifesto.

“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.  We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living.”

While commending the people of Ondo state for keeping the election process peaceful and coming out to perform their civic duty, Dogara also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Akeredolu  polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

Okorocha Congratulates Akeredolu On Ondo Election Victory

APC Governors, Progressive Governors, APCThe Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has described the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in the just concluded Ondo State governorship election as a confirmation of the popularity of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West.

He said that it also demonstrates the love of the people of the region for President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Governor Okorocha said that the margin with which the APC candidate defeated the candidates of other political parties showed that Nigerians understood the circumstances that gave rise to the current economic recession in the nation.

He added that those who thought that the current economic recession would affect the electoral fortunes of APC were wrong.

The Imo State Governor thanked the people of Ondo State for voting wisely and explained that the way they had voted only indicated how highly intelligent they were in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.

He congratulated the people of Ondo State for what he believes is patriotism and also congratulated Akeredolu on his “resounding victory”.

He urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.

Amosun Congratulates Akeredolu On Victory In Ondo Governorship Election

Amosun, Akeredolu, Ondo Governorship ElectionThe Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his emergence as the governor-elect in Ondo State.

Mr Akeredolu, who was the APC candidate in the November 26 Ondo State governorship polls, emerged winner after scoring the highest number of votes cast in the keenly contested election.

While congratulating the Ondo State governor-elect, Governor Amosun in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Adejuwon Soyinka, also praised the people of Ondo State for choosing Akeredolu and the APC.

He added that Ondo people have made one choice that would bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the Sunshine State.

He described Akeredolu’s victory as one that portends a good omen for the collective development and progress of the southwest geopolitical zone, under the progressive sociopolitical and economic ideals of the APC.

The Ogun State Governor urged the Ondo governor-elect to see his emergence as an opportunity to unite the entire people of the state, regardless of political affiliation or tendencies.

Amosun Vows To Complete Sango-Ojodu Road By March 2017

Ibikunle-AmosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has assured residents of Ogun State of his administration’s commitment to completing the ongoing construction of Sango-Ojodu road.

The governor made the promise on Saturday, when he visited some parts of the 32km road construction project, which comes along with five bridges, during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.

A statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Adejuwon Soyinka, said that Governor Amosun assured residents and commuters whose daily activities are affected by the current state of the road that, “the hardship of this rainy season would be the last that you would experience on this road before the completion of the project”.

While explaining that the road construction would have been completed but for paucity of fund, the Governor described it as a huge project. He said the size of the project was one reason all previous administrations in Ogun State avoided it.

“But we are determined to tackle it headlong and put an end to the hardship always experienced on the road by our people,” Governor Amosun said.

The Governor, while appreciating residents of Ijoko, Yakoyo, Alagbole, Akute and other communities on the path of the project, for their patience and support, assured them that by March next year, “the five overhead bridges on the road would have been completed.”

Ogun State Govt Says It Is Not Owing Pensioners

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Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun.

The Ogun State Government has reiterated the fact that it does not owe any category of pensioners in the state.

Reacting to media reports emanating from a protest staged by some members of the Association of Local Government Pensioners on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Osinowo said, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration is known for always placing the welfare of senior citizens on the front burner and therefore does not owe them any arrears of their monthly pensions.

“All pensioners in Ogun State have been paid up till May 2016 while we are currently processing the payment of their June pensions.”

In a press statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, the commissioner explained that Thursday’s protest by Local Government Pensioners was regrettable as it was due to a communication gap between the leadership of the pensioners’ union and the Ministry of Finance.

“Unknown to the protesting local government pensioners, we had effected the payment of their monthly pensions for the month of May about 48 hours before they stormed my office. The reason they didn’t know was because as at the time they came to my office, the payment was yet to hit their individual accounts,” Osinowo said.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Finance added that it was not difficult for him to explain this to the protesting pensioners, as there were documentary evidences to prove the fact that the money had been paid.

“I also called the banks in their presence and they confirmed that they were working on ensuring that the payments hit their individual accounts. By today, Friday, I can confirm that a lot of the pensioners have received alert for their payments,” Osinowo said.

Speaking on backlog of gratuities, the Finance Commissioner explained that the Amosun administration inherited a backlog of unpaid gratuities from the previous administration and it has so far reduced this backlog considerably.

“We are making efforts to fully pay the backlog within available resources. Unfortunately, due to the current economic crisis, we have had to prioritise the regular payment of monthly pensions for our senior citizens, while we ensure that the backlogs are paid in accordance with the cash flow situation of the state,” Osinowo said.

Amosun, Wife Advocate Hygienic Environment In Ogun

Amosun-Environment-OgunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his wife, Olufunso have led an awareness campaign on the need for a greener environment.

The campaign was part of measures to safe humanity from the current scourge of the effects of depletion of the ozone layer, which has resulted in the excessive heat being experienced across Nigeria.

Addressing market men and women, as well as people of the state during the walk on Friday, Mrs Amosun asked residents to be more responsible and responsive to the environment in order to ensure a healthy life for all.

The awareness campaign was taken round major markets and streets in Abeokuta the state capital.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye, also joined the league where residents were enlightened on the need to maintain good personal hygiene to reduce outbreak of diseases.

Governor Amosun Settles Alleged Rift Between Alake, Awujale

AmosunIt appears the purported rift between the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, over the ranking of obas in Yoruba land may have been put to rest.

This is coming as the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, waded into the crisis that has pitched the two paramount rulers against each other.

The Governor held a closed door meeting with both monarchs which lasted three hours at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Governor Amosun emphasized the need for peace and unity among Yoruba obas for the harmony and progress of Nigeria’s southwest region.

While fielding questions from reporters after the meeting, the two paramount rulers maintained silence over the alleged crisis, vehemently denying any rift.

Ogun Govt. To Make MAPOLY Degree Awarding Institution

MAPOLY-Ogun State-Ibikunle Amosun Ogun State-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta will soon become a degree awarding institution.

The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, gave the hint on Thursday at the 14th convocation ceremony of the institution held at the school premises in the state’s capital, southwest Nigeria.

According to Governor Amosun, the upgrade is to put the institution on a sound footing to develop and deploy appropriate technologies and competences in the socio-economic development of Ogun State.

Restating the commitment of his administration towards qualitative and affordable education at all levels, he called for more public and private participation in the development of the education sector.

The Governor also admonished the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the country as well as make integrity and self-control their watch word.

In his remark, the Rector of MAPOLY, Oludele Itiola, called for the redirection of Nigeria’s intellectual development by nurturing graduates needed for the challenges of the 21st century.

Graduands were turned out in the schools of engineering, environmental studies, business and management studies, communication and technology, as well as science and technology for the awards of National and Higher National Diploma.

The graduation ceremony was for the 2009 through 2015 sets of MAPOLY.

Supreme Court Has Restored Hope To Nigerian Lawyers – SAN

arthur okafor on supreme court rulingA Senior Advocate of Nigeria has commended the Supreme Court on the judgment that upheld Nyesom Wike as the Governor of Rivers State.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Arthur Okafor said that:”The Supreme Court has restored hope to lawyers in Nigeria because the judgment came at a time when we were consolidating against democracy.

“Law should be certain and when it is no longer certain, there is no confidence in the judicial process”, he said.

Talking further about the precedence of the ruling, the lawyer said that “this judgment constitutes precedence, but before then, there are judgments that had been delivered by the Supreme Court, which should have guided the matter.

If these judgment had been looked into and applied, both the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal would not have arrived at the decision that was nullified by the Supreme Court”, he said.

Answering a question on how the Apex Court arrived at the judgment, Mr Okafor said that ” the time frame is a major factor because the Supreme Court must hear the matter between 60 days from the date of the judgment of the Appellate Court.

“This is because there is no further appeal after the decision of the Apex Court, their reasons can come later”, he said.

Mr Okafor, who is also the council to the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, gave reasons why the judgment of the Supreme Court went in their favour.

“Some of the court’s decision could be that those results could be looked into and used to intervene the matter when the people, who knew the truth of the content were not called to give evidence.

“The issue of card reader could be one of the reasons. Before now, the Court of Appeal had given judgment that the card reader is not a part of the electoral act and should not constitute a ground for nullifying our election”, he explained.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, upheld the election of Nyesom Wike as the Governor of Rivers State.

The reason for the judgment is to be listed on February 12.

Giving the ruling, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court which nullified the election of Governor Wike.