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Aftermath Of AMCON Takeover, Ibadan Bizman Gbenga James Wife Flees Home

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Just some months into the takeover of Avian Specialties by the Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria wife of Ibadan billionaire, Gbenga James, Funmi has packed out of their home.

 

The pretty woman who was handling the business after her husband was attacked by some unknown gunmen cited her husband’s unbecoming attitude as reason for her decision to leave the house.

 

Mr James is indebted to Union Bank to the tune of about N3B, a loan he received some years ago.

 

James was at a time the best friend of Governor Fayose of Ekiti State.

 

He was arrested some years by the EFCC to answer to questions on gross misconduct over a 800 million naira poultry project he handled for the Ekiti State government.

 

It was his ordeal with the EFCC and his confession that caused a rift between him and his Governor friend.

 

Insiders revealed that all his attempts to reconcile with Governor Fayose and seek his help met a brickwall, the Governor was said to have told friends he was done with him.

 

At the moment the Ibadan businessman who used to own the biggest digital hatchery in West Africa is trying to embrace whatever life throws at him, he is lonely with no friends and a wife to comfort him.

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Olubadan Chieftaincy Review: Ajimobi heads to Appeal Court

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday appealed against the decision of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan division which declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and Other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

Honourable Justice Olajumoke Aiki J. had on Friday January 19, 2018 in the suit filed by the former governor of the state and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja challenging the decision of Governor Ajimobi to set up the Justice Boade review commission ruled that Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law do not empower the governor to set up the committee.

In his 11 grounds of appeal at the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Ibadan Judicial Division by his counsels led by Yusuf Ali SAN, Governor Ajimobi sought for an order setting aside the Ruling and Judgment of the Oyo state High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, delivered on the 19th January, 2018.

Other reliefs sought by Governor Ajmobi in the appeal which has High Chief (Senator) Rashidi Ladoja and Hon Justice Akintunde Boade (RTD) (for himself and on behalf of all members of the Judicial Commission of inquiry on Olubadan Chieftaincy) as Respondents 1 & 2 include an order upholding the Appellant’s Preliminary Objection raised against the 1st Respondent and an order dismissing the case of the 1st respondent in its entirety.

In ground 6 of the appeal, the Governor posited that the Learned Trial Judge erred in law and totally misinterpreted sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law when in purporting to interpret these sections, he introduced extraneous provisions which are not contained in the law, thereby excluding the general scheme and the general provisions of the law.

The Governor noted that in the interpretation of a law, the court cannot interpret the section in isolation of each other bust must interpret them holistically, that the court in interpreting the provisions of a statute has no right to read into words that are not in the statute with a view to arriving at its conclusion and that there is no provision in the Oyo State Chiefs Law that takes away the rights of the Governor from instituting a commission of Inquiry to look into issues on matters on which the House of Assembly could make law.

The Governor stated in another ground of appeal that the Learned trial judge erred in law and totally misapprehended and misinterpreted the provisions of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State in coming to the conclusion and agreeing with the 1st respondents that only indigenes of Ibadan could be made members of the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Governor to look into Ibadan chieftaincy stool, saying that he (Governor) has absolute discretion under section 25 of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State as to the membership of any Commission of inquiry including the one dealing with Ibadan Chieftaincy.

He stated that the Learned trial judge took a very narrow view in interpreting the provisions of section 25 of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State complained about and that the law donates wide discretionary powers to the Governor and the court cannot take away such powers donated by law under any guise.

In another grounds of appeal, the governor said that the Learned Trial Judge erred in law by overruling all the heads of the preliminary objection raised to the competence of the 1st Respondent’s case and in the process failed and refused to follow decided authorities of Appellate Courts cited before him and thereby embarked on clustered justice which led to a miscarriage of justice against the Appellant and that the Learned Trial Judge  erred in law and totally misapprehended the facts of the matter in overruling the objection of the Appellant on the inappropriateness of the Originating Summons proceeding in the determination of the 1st Respondent’s case.

He noted that from the facts and decided authorities, Originating Summons was inappropriate for the commencement and prosecution of the matter, that clearly from the facts and the Law, the 1st Respondent has no locus standi to prosecute the case, that in consequence, the suit discloses no reasonable or any cause of action at all and that the case was of pure academic value and hypothetical.

The Governor said that the Learned Trial Judge erred in law and came to wrong conclusion by holding that, the Governor has no power to set up a Commission of Inquiry on the issue of Beaded Crown wearing Obas and Coronet Crown Wearing Obas contrary to the provisions of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State which donates such powers and authority to the Governor, saying that the learned Trial Judge cannot choose which sections of the Chiefs Law to agree with and which ones he would not, that the Chiefs Law gives a lot of powers to the Governor on all Chieftaincies and any aspect thereof within the state and that the court is without any authority under any guise to take away, whittle or in any other manner assail the powers of the Governor donated by the Chiefs Law.

Other grounds of appeal among others are that the Judgment is against the weight of evidence, that the Learned Trial Judge erred in Law and gravely misdirected himself in holding that the case of the 1st respondent as constituted is not academic, hypothetical and will serve no useful purpose and that the Learned Trial Judge erred in law by holding inspite of paucity of facts making any positive allegation against the Appellant, that the suit discloses a reasonable or any cause of action at all.


The Story That Fails To Fizzle; Insiders Tip Ronke Ademiluyi As Ooni’s Next Wife

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You can’t predict the ways of the gods…guided by many deities and oracles, one of the most powerful monarchs in Yorubaland, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has the ears of the gods, unlike many other ceremonial Obas, the Ojaja’s words are laws, so are his ways.

Not many are oblivious of the King’s marital status, it’s considered an abomination, even an insult for a King not to have a wife.

The Ooni of Ife’s estranged wife, Olori Wuraola Otiti failed to heed the laws guiding the lands as she journeyed to the United Kingdom with her King-charming and failed to return with him, the rest of the story has become history.

What many seemed not to have known is that the Enuwa palace of the Ooni of Ife is not empty, a palace source revealed to papermacheonline that a woman is in charge, running the affairs of the palace whenever the youthful monarch is in or out.

The woman in question is no other than the boss of Rukis Clothing, Ronke Ademiluyi.

Not many can forget that her name came up after the Ooni’s coronation and the palace chiefs were sourcing a befitting queen for their King.

The clothier is claimed to be the monarch’s sweetheart, she is known amongst his closest friends as the unofficial Olori.

The story of an affair with the Ooni was denied and counter-denied, later the monarch settled for Zainab Otiti, a relationship that was plagued from the onset.

Now that the palace has no Queen, the story has resurfaced again.

Now with a new angle…Ronke has reportedly relocated from her base in Lagos to Ile Ife.

From the words of the source…’Ronke resides inside the palace, exactly where the Kabiyesi sleeps and she is popularly called Princess in a palace where she has gained serious ground. She sends the servants on errands and she is loved by all. Why do you think she is living in the palace? Why do you think they gave her the cultural ambassador? Its all a plot to keep her close to Kabiyesi…’

Who Will Save Folly Coker From Gov Ambode? (unveiling the many wars between Tinubu’s godsons)

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There is no love lost between the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode and the frontman of NTDC, Mr Folly Coker.

As much as the duo who had loved to conceal the hatred for each other, their difference has deepened to the point that the politicians are tearing at each other at any given opportunity.

Those in the know claimed the two Lagos politicians who ere both proteges of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have had been at each other’s throat for a long time.

Sources revealed that Governor Ambode had long had the opinion that Folly Coker had been using his closeness to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to secure appointments.

He was said to have officially lamented to confidant how Folly was imposed on him and he had to show evidence of his recklessness to Tinubu before he got the approval to sack him from his cabinet.

Folly was said to have taken the sack personal and had since been a critic of all the policies of the Lagos State government before he was later appointed the boss of the NTDC.

The feud deepened when Lagos State published an advertorial in the papers with claims that the government had succeeded in flushing out all the bad eggs in Ambode’s government.

The Lagos State government was also alleged to have sponsored the recent protest by some NTDC staffers who demonstrated and asked for the sack of Folly Coker as their Director General.

Folly was said to have reported to Tinubu, but he met a brickwall as the top politician told him his issue with Governor Ambode was a personal one he should be able to handle.

Folly was said to have fought back and he was alleged to be the sponsor of an incident where a lady claimed she was raped at the Lagos carnival by officials of the event.

Folly claimed the One Lagos project was his initiative and he wasn’t happy the State continues the project after his sack.

Sources revealed that the owner of the Browns cafe is about launching a counter project named ‘ONE NIGERIA’ to counter the Lagos State project.

It was also said that the war had spread amongst the aides of the two gladiators.

An encounter played out at this year’s Nottinghill Carnival in London where he Lagos State’s Commissioner of Information, Steve Ayorinde prevented the recognition of the NTDC boss, Folly Coker at the event.

FRIENDS REVEAL CRACK IN STEPHANIE COKER’s MARRIAGE MONTHS BEFORE HUBBY’s ARREST

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Friends of popular On-Air-Personalty, Stephanie Coker came to her rescue as they countered the public outrage that trailed her appearance at the Fals Music concert where she was the host on the day of her husband’s arrest and detention at the Kirikiri maximum prison for an alleged scam.
The insiders disclosed to papermacheonline that the serial entrepreneur, Stephanie had long been having issues with her husband, David Aderinokun, a nephew to the late Managing Director of the Guaranty Trust Bank, Tayo Aderinokun.
It was alleged that trouble started after their wedding when the wife got some calls and messages from anonymous callers giving her proofs of her husband’s dubious means of livelihood.
The disturbed wife was said to have confronted her husband who claimed the allegation was baseless and meant to tarnish his image.
Stephanie was said to have made a background check on her husband and discovered many things which she wasn’t happy about.
Sources claimed the couple were even living separately.
They gave an insight to Olumide’s recent journey to America and also his wife’s birthday which they didn’t celebrate together, he just posted a picture of her with a special birthday wish.
The couple were said to have tried to manage their differences from leaking to the public before the arrest of Olumide.
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Boundary Dispute: Oyo, Ogun Govts Call For Peace

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The governments of Oyo and Ogun States have appealed to the affected local government councils and respective traditional institutions of border communities to continue to ensure peaceful co-existence amongst themselves pending the conclusion of actions on the interstate boundary.

The two governments made the appeal in a communiqué issued at the end of a joint meeting of officials of Oyo/Ogun Interstate boundary held in Ibadan last week.

The communiqué signed by the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor of Ogun State who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, DR. Olumide Ayeni and the Director, Internal Boundaries, Surv. Adamu A. Adaji assured that the two state governments will investigate the reported incidences of vandalization of the boundary pillars at the Bakatari and Eruwa sectors and take appropriate action to ensure continued peace.

The communiqué noted that the National Boundary Commission and the Office of the Surveyor-General of the federation together with the Surveyors-General and Attorneys-General of the two states to examine amongst others the discrepancies not later than the first quarter of 2018.

It stated that the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation shall ascertain the work done so far on the boundary and the required pillars of the remaining sector for possible award of contract by the Federal Government.

The communiqué also stressed that the Joint Technical Committee would be encouraged to have regular bilateral meetings to discuss issues relating to the boundary and douse tension to ensure continued peace amongst the border communities and report their findings submitted to National Boundary Commission.

NTDC Workers Stage Protest, Wants Folly Coker Fired

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On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, workers of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) shut down the Abuja headquarters of the tourism agency to demand the sack of its Director-General, Mr Foluronsho Folarin Coker, fondly called Folly Coker.

The aggrieved employees of the NTDC accused the DG of high-handedness and poor welfare of workers.

They claimed he was not competent to occupy the position, calling on the Federal Government to remove him immediately.

The demonstrators carried placards conveying different messages including ‘NTDC staff not animals,’ and ‘MTDC staff says no to oppressor.’

Others are ‘DG Mr Folunrusho Coker, we are tired of your insults, we are not your slaves,’ ‘Coker, give us our job, we want to work,’ ‘Coker needs management training,’ ‘Coker, stop all impunity and financial recklessness in NTDC,’ ‘NTDC staff are not animals, treat us like human beings,’ ‘Special assistant is not a full time employment,’ ‘Let the staff work, what kind of a leader is Coker,’ ‘Seven months after assumption of duty, no meeting with staff,’ ‘Coker said Buhari has not been able to achieve anything in two years and so NTDC staff should not expect him to do magic,’ ‘Folunrunsho Coker lacks human relations, he is a bully,’ ‘PMB, as a matter of urgency, should sack Foluronsho Coker,’ ‘Only Coker attends foreign exhibition,’ among others.

They noted that Mr Coker set up a project unit which is not part of the NTDC nomenclature, but a conduit pipe to syphon money out of the NTDC.

The workers lamented that the DG has not been able to achieve anything since taking over NTDC barely eight months ago.

They expressed disappointment over what they called his poor leadership style and lack of respect for the workers.

Meanwhile, the management of NTDC has promised to respond appropriately to all the issues raised by the workers.

In recent years, NTDC has been dogged by controversies, staff protests and low workers’ morale, occasioned by poor leadership style, which started with Sally Mbanefo, the immediate past DG.

Stakeholders in the industry had a high expectation that Mr Coker will re-position NTDC by taking the corporation to a higher height, but with the recent protest by the workers, all that may now seem to be a mirage.

Mr Coker was appointed about seven months ago to help revive the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian tourism industry, having served briefly in the same capacity as a Commissioner for Tourism and culture in Lagos state, where he was removed unceremoniously.