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Curtain Falls! Akinwumi Isola Dies At 79

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Professor Akinwumi Isola is dead! He died Saturday morning, in his Ibadan, Oyo State, home, aged 79.

PROF Isola known for promoting the Yoruba language, had many of his books written in Yoruba, though studied French for his first degree.

Born in Ibadan in 1939, he attended Labode Methodist School and Wesley College, and later studied at the University of Ibadan, where he graduated with a B. A. in French.

In 1978, he earned his M.A. in Yoruba literature from the University of Lagos before starting academic work as a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

In 1991, he was appointed a Professor at Obafemi Awolowo University.

Prof Isola wrote his first play, Efúnṣetán Aníwúra, during 1961 and 1962, while still a student at the University of Ibadan, which was followed by a novel O Leku.

The play said to gain popularity at one performance in Ibadan was reportedly watched by forty thousand people.

Street Journal Publisher, Wole Arisekola In Happy Mood

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Businessman and the publisher of online publication, Street Journal Magazine, Bowale Wole Arisekola is in a gay mood.

Wole who doubles as the Chairman of the Association of Online Media Practitioners is telling all those who care to listen a good news, his first child, Segilola had just graduated from the City University, London where she studied Law.

The proud father could not contain himself with the joy as he took friends and family members to witness the graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom where a  dinner later held at a high brow city restaurant.

 

 

written by -Ayanda Ayotunde

Royal Rumble; Ooni, Oluwo Fight In Public

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Many people do not know, that there is a silent war raging between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi
The differences between the two royal fathers played itself out at a public function some days ago in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The location was at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt where a selected number of first class monarchs were present for a meeting.
According to a source that revealed this to Papermacheonline, he stated that ‘the Ooni was called to make a vote of thanks as the Oluwo was involved in a deep conversation with the Minister for Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau who was there to represent President Muhammad Buhari, while the Ooni was coming back to his seat, his security guard ordered the Oluwo to make way for his principal, the Oluwo was trying to make a space for the Ooni to pass when the aide violently pushed him to the amazement of people present’.
It was alleged that the Ooni wore a satisfactory look which interpreted  his approval of the aide’s action.
The Oluwo who was obviously surprised with the way he was treated quickly gathered his aides who were planning to attack the Ooni’s security guard.
Insiders revealed the two Yoruba Obas  despite having their background in Ibadan where they grew up and also share some common friends are not so into each other, their differences was said to have been a superiority challenge where the Ooni sees himself higher than the Oluwo.

Slapping Saga; More Troubles For Senator Abiodun Olujinmi

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The Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial district, Mrs Abiodun Olujinmi is not new to controversies.

The one time Deputy-Governor to Governor Ayo Fayose Ekiti got entangled in another brouhaha recently when she caused a chaos in the National Assembly following allegations that she instructed her aide to slap and assault a member of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

The parliamentary staff’s undoing was ‘having the gut to ride in an elevator with Senator Olujinmi’, this irked her thus leading to her instruction for the man to be dealt with physically.

Eye witnesses claimed colleagues of the assaulted official were prevented by security operatives from attacking the Senator and they had reported the matter to the police, principals of the National Assembly and also encouraged the official to seek a lawyer to take up the case.

Back home, the constituency of the Senator who is presently at war with Governor Ayo Fayose are not taking the episode lightly.

Information gathered by Papermacheonline revealed that the State Governor, Ayo Fayose has capitalised on the lawmaker’s misdeed and has called the attention of party officials to it.

Some months ago, Olujinmi was accused of an attempt to physically attack the Ekiti State Deputy-Governor, Kolapo Olusola at a public function.

The Senator was claimed to have rushed the Deputy-Governor and made to grab his shirt before she was prevented by standers-by.

Her hatred for the Deputy-Governor was said to have stemmed by the decision of Governor Fayose to have endorsed the Deputy as his successor over Olujinmi who is also seeking to govern the State.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that ‘Olujinmi may be recalled, she has been fighting everyone lately and this is not too good for the image of the State’.

Ahead Of 2019:Gov Ajimobi’s Brother, Wasiu Becomes Oyo’s New Power Broker (as politicians run to him to seek brother’s support)

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Ibadan had witnessed the coming and going of political titans and influencers in the past. Families like Adelabus, Adedibus, Akinloyes, Akinjides, Adelakuns can not go missing in the history of Ibadan and the politics of Oyo State. Right now the family name of the present Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi has entered into the record of the state as he wields so much power and becomes the determinant factor of who becomes the Governor in 2019.

 

All the opposition parties, the PDP, Labour Party, Accord, SDP are all waiting for the Governor’s candidate in the coming election, even in his party, the APC follower and members are daily following the Governor’s body language as to where to go before 2019.

 

In the scheme of things comes the Governor’s brother, Wasiu, a government contractor who relocated to Nigeria from the United States after his brother became the Governor.

 

Right now, the socialite who enjoys the privilege of being the Governor’s ears has become the toast of the city.

 

Anywhere you go in Ibadan, the mention of his name gains attention and it’s like Wasiu is the de facto Deputy-Governor that can get you anything you want from the Governor.

 

Ahead of 2019, Wasiu is living life to the fullest. Politicians and contractors alike seek him on a daily basis.

 

He is said to have the mastery to read the Governor’s mind and also interprete his ways. Anytime the Governor is angry, Wasiu is called to appease him, he is said to be the only one that has such power to take you to the Governor without booking any appointment. So was the influence he wields that has made him one of the most sought after men in the State.

 

Right now, all the politicians seeking elective positions ahead of 2019 are hot on the heels of the Governor’s brother and he enjoys the attention which brings him not only respect but other benefits.

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.