I stand By Ranking Of Kings, Alake Replies Awujale… Produces Documentary Evidence

The royal diatribe between the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, worsened yesterday with the Alake insisting that the Awujale remained the last in the echelon of major Yoruba traditional rulers.

Alake said his earlier listing of the Awujale as occupying the last position after the quartet of the Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba of Benin and Alake of Egbaland “was supported by documentary evidence and I therefore stand by my position”.

Oba Adetona, at an event in Lagos last Thursday, claimed among other things that the Alake was a junior chief in Egba forest under the Alaafin and that Alake is also of the same status with some Ijebu obas such as the Ebumawe of Ago -Iwoye who are under his (Adetona’s) jurisdiction.

But yesterday, Oba Gbadebo, who spoke through 22 Egba chiefs, including 15 Ogboni chiefs who gathered in Ake Palace, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to reply Adetona, said the ranking of the Yoruba traditional rulers was carried out in 1937 by the then Ooni of Ife.

Reading a prepared speech signed by the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirulai Atobatele at a briefing, the Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode, said the ranking took place at the Central Native Council meeting in Lagos and was chaired by the Governor – General, Sir William Macgregor.

Labode added that those in attendance at the said 1937 meeting in the Government House, Lagos, were the Ooni of Ife, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba of Benin, Alake of Abeokuta and the Awujale of Ijebu – Ode.

He said their concern about Awujale’s comment is predicated on the monarch’s “self – indulgence to churn out outright historical falsehoods in the presence of knowledgeable Nigerians”.

Labode said “historically speaking, Alake was higher by salary differentials paid by the Colonial Government” at the time.

According to him, the Alake of Abeokuta earned £2,250 while the Awujale of Ijebu – Ode earned £1,700 during the colonial era.

“Awujale (claimed he) made several calls to Alake to confirm if Alake actually made the statement on Yoruba Obas ranking. Awujale also claimed that Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, also contacted Alake on the same issue which Alake again denied.

“(The fact) both Awujale and Oba of Lagos actually called Alake on the ranking of Yoruba Obas, Alake responded that his ranking was supported by documentary evidence and he therefore stands by his position,” Labode said.

The Baaroyin of Egbaland and Media aide of the Alake also refuted claims by Oba Adetona that the Alake was a junior chief in Egba forest under Alaafin where he (Alake) fled to Ibadan and later to Abeokuta and met the Osile, Olowu, Agura and Olubara on ground.

Labode said, on the contrary, 20 Alakes had reigned in Egba forest prior to the founding of Abeokuta, explaining that that there was also no Alake who fled to Ibadan or took refuge there.

According to him, the Egba arrived and settled in Abeokuta in 1830 with the first Alake installed in 1854 followed by the Olowu in 1855, the Agura in 1870 and Osile in 1897.

He stressed that by the Egba United Government Proclamation of February 1, 1898, and approved by the then Governor of Lagos, the Egba cabinet had Alake as President, Osile Minister of Justice, Agura Minister of Communications and Works and the Olowu, the Minister of Finance.

He also noted that some of the comments on Alake by Oba Adetona were “uncalled for and neither civil nor decent,” but said the Egba chiefs would not “defile the sacred Yoruba traditional institution and therefore, refrain from trading insult with a highly regarded monarch of his (Awujale’s) status”.

Also present were Bameto of Egbaland, Chief George Taylor, Balogun of Ilaho, Chief Adebayo Soyoye, and the Ilagbe of Egbaland, Chief Akin Akinwale.

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AIT Apologises To Tinubu Over ‘Lion Of Bourdillon’ Documentary

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday withdrew the N150bn libel suit he filed against DAAR Communications Plc, the owner of African Independent Television.

Tinubu filed the suit last March in protest against a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdillon’ aired repeatedly on AIT in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The former Lagos State governor had, through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), claimed that the documentary was targeted at lessening him in the estimation of the public, to the effect that he corruptly enriched himself while in public office.

Justice Iyabode Akinkugbe, who presided over the case, had on April 1, last year, granted Tinubu an interlocutory injunction barring AIT from further airing ‘Lion of Bourdillon’ pending the determination of the suit.

The defendant, through its lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had, however, maintained that it did not defame Tinubu, claiming that all the content of ‘Lion of Bourdillon’ was not false and had been in the public domain before they started airing the documentary.

In addition, DAAR Communications filed a counter-claim demanding N200bn as “aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages” from Tinubu, for what it termed damage to its corporate image.

But at the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, both lawyers informed the judge that their clients had settled the case out of court and prayed the court to adopt the terms of settlement they filed as the judgment of the court in the case.

Ozekhome said, “We are before My Lord this morning to do what the court has always encouraged litigants to do.

“We have come here today that every war that is fought is finally resolved at the round table.

“Parties have decided to settle amicably to enable both parties to continue with the good relationship that they have always had before the devil struck.”

Confirming the position, Olanipekun aligned himself with Ozekhome and urged the court to adopt the said settlement terms dated January 29, 2016.

Consequently, Justice Akinkugbe, in a short ruling, adopted the settlement terms as the judgment in the suit.

The judge said DAAR Communications Plc would publicly and unequivocally retract the said documentary “three times, once daily.”

She asked the defendant to tender an unreserved apology to Tinubu, “three times, one daily.”

She ordered them to withdraw their claims and counter-claims respectively and held that they would respectively bear the cost spent by them on the suit.

The terms of settlement was backed with a letter of apology, in which DAAR Communications begged Tinubu and described him as an “outstanding political leader of unblemished character and integrity” and prayed that he would live long “to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria.”

The letter read in part, “DAAR Communications Plc acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an outstanding political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion-moulder, who has made and continuous make immense contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general and Lagos State in particular.

“DAAR Communications Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention, whatsoever, to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.”

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Return of PDP Documentary Terrorism Wike-style By Chris Finebone

On the 30th of July, 2015 the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, revealed in a press release that it had uncovered an insidious plot by the PDP in which it commissioned a team made up of
persons within and outside the state to ‘initiate, formulate and contrive false damaging reports bordering on alleged corrupt practices of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and circulate same to individuals and institutions within Nigeria and abroad with a view to damaging the incorruptible character and rising profile of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in order to blackmail and put pressure on President Buhari not to appoint the former governor into his government.’

Our release went further to reveal that the project which had the blessing of the acting national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, was being driven by the likes of Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Barr. Emma Okah, the Spokesman of the Rivers State Governor, Opunabo Inko-Tariah amongst others and would take the form of sponsored publications such as advertorials, columns, editorials and OpEd articles in major international, national and local print media; sponsored personality discussion programmes on electronic media by public commentators; it will also include sponsored special documentaries for television and radio through independent groups and organisations.

We stated in that release that, ‘The APC also uncovered that those whom the cooked up report will be sent to include the US Embassy, UK High Commission, EU Commission, several international organisations such as Transparency International amongst others. The forged report will also be sent to local and foreign media houses such as the BBC [Hausa Service], Dutch Radio, VOA [Hausa Service] amongst others’ for repeated publication and airing.

The press release concluded by putting ‘Nigerians on notice to completely ignore such reports whenever they surface in the media in the name of fake and contrived individuals or groups.’

Quite unsurprisingly to the APC, the PDP did not clearly refute the charge but only made some feeble denial.

However, exactly 4 days after on the 3rd of August, 2015 the PDP plan rolled with a highly mendacious publication in major national newspapers particularly the Sun and Thisday by one Livingstone
Nwechie, a known PDP member who disguised as Director, Media/Publicity of a nebulous group by the name Integrity Group.

Mr. Wechie and his sponsors [PDP] apparently forgot that Wechie was a member of the Media and Publicity Committee of the Rivers PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation as published in The Nation
Newspaper of Saturday, January 24, 2015.

As part of the strategic plan to destroy the former governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the publication dished out totally fabricated tissues of lies that belong to the very depth of
hell aimed at deceiving and hoodwinking the gullible.

Last Friday, the next major item on the PDP media terrorism scheme premiered when it released a highly noxious, obnoxious and vexatious documentary, presenting the earlier publication by the Integrity Group
in electronic format. The PDP, Nyesom Wike and their hatchet Television Station, AIT, have since been airing the evil documentary at least twice a day.

To the APC, the documentary is all a repetition of the same documentary terrorism the PDP deployed against General Muhammadu Buhari during the campaigns for the 2015 general elections. It is not
surprising that the medium for airing the documentary is the same AIT that angered decent Nigerians with documentaries that disparaged the present President of Nigeria and his family members just to ensure Nigerians did not vote for him.

The present documentary is simply aimed at driving a wedge between the President and the former governor by blackmailing President Buhari from having a place in his government for Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

The APC believes that just as the blackmail against General Muhammadu Buhari was ignored by Nigerians and they massively voted for him, so President Buhari [having himself been a victim of PDP and AIT
documentary terrorism] will discountenance the dirt the PDP and AIT are trying so hard to pour on a honest, sincere but courageous gentleman, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON and accord him his
right of place in the new Nigeria he staked everything, including his life, to achieve.

Chris Finebone, is the River State APC Publicity Secretary

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PDP Replies Babangida, Denies Sponsoring Documentary Demonising top Retired Military Personnel

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disassociated itself from anti-military documentary demonising top retired military personnel, which was erroneously described as the handiwork of ‘President Goodluck Jonathan’s men.’

Addressing a press conference in Lagos on wensday, the Director, Media and Publicity of PDP presidential campaign committee, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said President Jonathan and all his true friends have great respect for the military and therefore would not sponsor any documentary that seeks to undermine or disparage our armed forces.

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) in a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday, lamented the demonisation of top retired military personnel in a series of campaign activities.

But Fani-Kayode, while exonerating the PDP from the anti-military documentary, said not only did the PDP frown on such unpatriotic documentary, but condemned it.

According to him, “It has been brought to our attention that there is speculation that an anti-military documentary which was aired on Silverbird Television last night, was erroneously described as the handiwork of ‘President Jonathan’s men’.

We wish to make it abundantly clear that the PDP presidential campaign organisation, the PDP or any true friend of President Jonathan would never have a hand in the compilation, production or sponsorship of any documentary that seeks to undermine or disparage our armed forces or indeed, those who have served our country in any military capacity in an honourable and meritorious way in the past.

“Not only do we frown on such unpatriotic documentaries, we also condemn them. We wish to make it clear that President Jonathan and all his true friends have nothing but the greatest respect for the military and the men and women of our armed forces.”

ani-Kayode also allegedly accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of attempting to discredit the federal government and score cheap political points before and after the presidential election.

“The APC, as part of its desperate attempt to discredit the government and to score a few cheap political points before Saturday’s election, have indulged in a classical case of economic sabotage and breach of national security by causing havoc in Lagos, particularly by going around waiving their smutty brooms specifically in places like Ajah, all the way to Epe, compelling petrol filling stations or seeking to persuade them with cash or threat not to sell petrol to the public.

“This is unpatriotic, unacceptable and it is something that the security agencies should look into. If a political party can do this just to get political power, what won’t they do once and if they ever get it.

“Again, we are aware that on March 23 in Lagos, Bola Tinubu met with Dele Alake, a member of the APC presidential campaign organisation and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Tinubu’s administration in Lagos State, and they agreed that in the event of their losing the election on March 28, that by March 29 and 30, they will mobilise millions of their supports from the six geo-political zones on a protest march to demonstrate their displeasure and to commit brazen acts of violence,” he said.

The PDP campaign director therefore warned that whatever the plan of the APC leaders toward the election, they will not be in a position to in anyway intimidate the Nigerian people or thwart their will, adding that: “When we (PDP) win this election, we will stand firm and defend our victory with everything that we have got. No one shall rob us of that victory.”

The PDP presidential campaign committee spokesman, while stressing the need for Nigerians to vote for President Jonathan and the PDP in the presidential poll, urged Nigerians to vote against APC based on the declaration by the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, that: “APC is a party founded on deception and it thrives on unholy propaganda and falsehood. APC is a party of insurgents and anarchists clothed in robes of pretence and deceit.”
Fani-Kayode said Ikuru’s words “are not only appropriate but they are also words that needed to be taken very seriously. We say this because no one else has managed to capture the very essence of the APC and the leadership of the APC with their words as well as Ikuru.”

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Court Restrains AIT (Daar Communications) From Airing Defamatory Tinubu Documentary

The High Court of Lagos State presided over by Honourable Justice Akinkugbe I.O. granted an injunction restraining DAAR COMMUNICATIONS[The owner of AIT] from broadcasting, transmitting or airing how-so-ever a documentary titled “The Lion of Bourdillon” pending the determination of “The Motion on Notice”

The application was moved by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, the LEAD COUNSEL FOR ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU[The Plaintiff/Applicant] in the defamation case against DAAR COMMUNICATIONS.

The court also adjourned the motion for INTERLOCUTORY INJUNCTION on the application of the defendant/respondent counsel to Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1pm.

The defendant/respondent, that is, DAAR COMMUNICATIONS[owners of AIT] was represented by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

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