Friday, 20 June 2014

Arisekola's Death: Friends and Associates Fear Family Rift Over Estates and Properties

The recent news of the death Ibadan based billionaire Alhaji Abudulazeez Arisekola-Alao came as shock to family, friends and associates despite the fact that he had been battling with cancer of the colon for sometimes now, and as expected encomium has been pouring in from governments, politicians and corporate bodies alike.

However, friends and associates of the billionaire businessman who has many wives are afraid his death may be a catalyst that will break his family if care is not taken. It would be recollected that the family of the acclaimed winner of June 12, presidential election in the country Chief Moshood Olawale Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) has been embroiled in one crisis or the other over the properties of the late politician years after his death due to the fact that he's married to more than one woman, and it is feared that same may crop-up in the case of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland.

Sources revealed that it will be difficult for any member of his family to manage his several acre Bashorun home, the compound which starts from Bashorun all the way to Akobo area of Ibadan is rumoured to house a wild life park and it is believed the maintenace and management of the estate will be too much of any of his children.

It is also feared that the posibility of the Aare of not leaving a written Will may give room for such crisis, another source revealed that his death may have give room for his family to face series of law cases as regard the many land grabbing allegation leveled against the businessman a situation which had at a time pitched him against the children of late legal luminary Chief FRA Williams, who asked him to stay off their father's property.

Though it is argued that Alhaji Arisekola-Alao is more intelligent than to make such mistake of not leaving a written instruction on how to share his properties others are quick to point out that the Will may even lead to another round of legal war as children that are not satisfy may want to prove points, it is only time that will tell how things will be after his death.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Prophet T. B. Joshua Standing Tall in the Lord Not Minding Persecution at 51

He who is favoured by God, the Bible said will live like a banana planted by the riverside that flourishes and bring forth fruits as at when due. This is the best way to describe the man in the synagouge, Prophet T. B. Joshua, who is looking younger not minding the fact that he will be 365 days above the golden age today.

The prophet who can be dubbed the most criticised and villified man of God in Nigeria has over the years turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the nonsence many has been saying about him as he in turn has been impacting positively in the lives of the poor and downtroden in the country, who he has always been known to help through different plans put in place for such reason.

A quick scan of Prophet T. B. Joshua's life changing encounters includes his decision to come to the help of veteran Nigerian actor Charles Olumo, popularly known as "Agbako" in the Yoruba genre of Nigerian movie. The eighty something years Agbako, whose state of finances is nothing to talk about until he met the prophet who he described as a real man of God in an interveiw he granted journalist during his 84years birthday in 2011, in his words "Prophet TB Joshua is a real man of God. God has used him in helping the less privileges. He helped me. The money he gave me, I bought a brand new car and I started completing my house."

He has also impacted positively on the lives of so many in the country which informed the reason many always troop to his church to with the hope that they'll be lucky to have an encounter with him, knowing that he's not one of those men of God who'll insist you become a member of their church or a Christian before they can asist you as he helps not minding religion or denomination. This is just a simple way of wishing this exemplary man of God a wonderful Birthday.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Press Release of Labour Party, North America on Ekiti Elections, Violence Attacks

The Labour Party, North America strongly condemns the attack on the Labour Party Campaign Train at Ikere Ekiti, Ekti State, Nigeria on Saturday, May 24, 2014 during which the AIT crew who went to cover the event was also attacked and matcheted. Vehicles and equipment worth millions of naira belonging to DAAR Communications Plc, owners of Raypower and AIT were destroyed and carted away.

The significance of the attack on the AIT crew is not lost on us given the effect such will have in scaring them from providing live coverage of political campaigns to let the world know what the candidates have or their people. It is instructive to note that barely one month ago, a grand campaign of the Labour Party held in Ado Ekiti was similarly given live coverage by the AIT.

Chronicling the series of attacks on the Ekiti Labour Party and its members, the Nrth American Chapter of the party recalled the attack on Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB) at the grand declaration of his gubernatorial ambition in Ado Ekiti; the attack at Emure Ekiti where late Foluso Ogundare was murdered in cold blood and Mrs Beatrice Adewumi was shot at the buttocks, the attack at Ilupeju Ekiti where bullets were fired at Labour Party vehicles and prominent supporters and a known APC thug was eventually arrested by enraged indigenes at the scene; the clampdown on innocent citizens of Iyin Ekiti and wanton destruction of properties; the threat issued against MOB's Campaign Train at the outgoing governor's homestead of Isan Ekiti and the attack at Ilawe Ekiti where live ammunitions were fired at his members and vehicles among several others. In all these instances, the attacks were unprovoked.

The question then arises as to why these sustained attacks by a supposedly "progressive party" fielding a "pro-democracy activist"?

We wish to alert Nigerians that a government based on bill board advertisements with no practical achievement that resonates with the masses of Ekiti State is increasingly jittery of defeat at the polls. While the ruling party engages in self-deceit, baseless chest-thumping and false propaganda, MOB quietly runs an issue-based campaign that resonates with the people. His acceptance as a better alternative sends shivers down the spine of a government increasingly confronted with the reality of defeat. Thus, what we are seeing is a situation where a person entrusted with the security of lives and properties in the state has become erratic, irascible and emotionally unstable.

We believe that democracy thrives only on ideas and issues. Electoral campaigns provide a platform for the promotion of such ideas. Where violence is deployed to stifle a free debate of issues, democracy is the first casualty. Is it not ironic then that supposed champions of democracy who reap the full benefits of claims of state sponsored attacks on their person are now champions of violence and agents of death?

We hereby call on all lovers of democracy to call the Ekiti APC to order before we witness another descent into chaos which can herald the death of our nascent democracy. We also enjoin eminent sons of the land to check these violent tendencies of the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi. We implore our peace loving supporters to remain calm and avoid being provoked into retaliating. We assure our teeming supporters of our resolve to keep faith with them on our campaign promises.

Ekiti a gbe a o!


Kola  Onifade Esq.
General Secretary
Labour Party,
North America
May 28, 2014