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Defection: Femi Fani-Kayode Joins The APC As Shehu Sani Moves To The PDP

For many, it was not a shocking move but for others, it was, however, the hottest gist in Nigeria’s political circle right now is that of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode formally dumping the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

FFK, as he is widely known, served as the country’s Minister of Aviation under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and was a staunch member of the PDP before his latest defection. What is more surprising, however, is the fact that Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode had been one of the strongest critics of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Following his defection, the former minister met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Aso Villa in the company of the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking to correspondents in the State House after presenting FFK to Mr President, Buni said the President was happy with the defection of the former minister as he described it as a welcome development. He said:

“We are here to present our newest member of the party, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode to the President and leader of the party. He is the newest member of APC and we just received him in appreciation and understanding of the President’s vision and magnanimity.

“The President received him very well. The President is a leader who shares his vision and looks toward greater Nigeria, so he received him very well and commended his courage.”

Femi Fani-Kayode

Revealing why he left the opposition party, Mr. Femi said it was an instruction from God. He said his decision was solely based on the directions of the Spirit of God who has instructed him to join the APC for the unity and stability of the country.

“The point is that I felt it was time to do the right thing, to put Nigeria first and appreciate the efforts that have been made, particularly in the last couple of years in terms of security; fighting insurgency and terrorism.

“It is not always negative and when the time is right, we change direction to join forces and join hands to move the country forward.

“Doing this doesn’t mean we are enemies to anybody. Even if we are in another party, the PDP or any other party or group, we can still work together across party, regional, ethnic or religious lines.”

He has also revealed that the APC he is joining today is very much different than the one he has criticized in the past. Talking to Channels TV, he said the current set-up of the APC is “forward-thinking, and accommodating.”

He also denied claims that he defected to the APC for financial reasons.

“I find that very insulting whether it is coming from your or my critics, I am not the first person that would decamp to the APC, have you asked others this same question?”

Reacting to the defection, Engr. Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi State has responded to claims that the former Minister of Aviation was instrumental in his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Read Also: Goodluck Jonathan Debunks Reports Of Joining The APC As Cleric Issues Warning

The governor labeled the claim ‘a lie from the pit of hell’ and called FFK a liar for insinuating such. Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, Umahi said:

“For someone to come and say that a whole Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, that he was instrumental to my movement from PDP to APC is an insult on my person, and with all due respect, he has to withdraw that statement.

“He remains my friend and a good one for that matter, but he played no role in my movement and I am sure he didn’t play any role in the movement of the rest of us.”

In other news, Senator Shehu Sani has officially defected from the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to POLITICS NIGERIA, the move had been in the pipelines for a while now and he recently invited all the 23 local government chairmen of the PDP in Kaduna State to his residence where he met then to discuss his transition and the 2023 general elections.

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Search Is On For Kidnapped Actors, Monalisa Chinda Reveals

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Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda who announced the abduction of Nollywood veteran actors Clemson Cornel and Cynthia Okereke has now revealed that the search is on to rescue to kidnapped actors.

The actress who is also the Director of Communications for the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria (AGN) took to her Instagram page to express concern over the widely-held false notion that Nollywood actors are rich.

“I don’t understand how people would think that Actors have money… with the paltry sum we receive as fees? The struggle through life vicissitudes, health issues etc we face every now n then???” the actress wrote on the Instagram post she made on August 1.

Chinda also revealed that the search was on to rescue the kidnapped entertainers as the phones with which they have been contacting their family members can be traced. “$100k from where? The numbers that was used to communicate with them can easily be traced. I mean.. ???The search is on???@actorsguildofnigeria Let’s keep reposting please,” she added.

A few days ago, veteran Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo said that the showy nature of some celebrities which was part of what is required from the show business was the reason why many people erroneously believed that actors were rich. Dokubo equally expressed concern over the USD100,000 demanded by the abductors saying, “Where will we get one hundred thousand USdollars from? God save all of us from this pain and give us your grace for this period. I know some actors paint the wrong picture on social media all the time but it is only in line with the “Show” part of SHOWbiz. Hopefully, you’ll understand what I mean.”

The kidnapped actors Clemson Cornel and Cynthia Okereke were both returning from a movie set at Ozala of Enugu State on July 29 when they were ambushed by their abductors. Chinda in her statement released to the press said that the National President of the Guild, Ejezie Emeka Rollas had called on all actors to be more security conscious while commuting for work. Rollas “instructed all Actors to avoid going to the outskirt of cities to film except full security cover is provided to ensure their safety.”

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Organ Harvesting – UK Court Grants Bail To Ekweremadu’s Wife But Denies Ike

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Sequel to Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice’s appearance at the Old Bailey court on Friday, 22nd July for a bail hearing, Judge Richard Marks who is presiding over the case has granted bail to Beatrice Ekweremadu but remanded Ike in custody

The former deputy Senate President and current Senator representing Enugu-West was arrested alongside his wife Beatrice at Heathrow airport on June 23, on allegations of a plot to fly a man to the UK against his will and have his organs harvested for their sick daughter. The couple is charged under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Judge Marks, the Common Serjeant of London on Friday said he was releasing Beatrice only with her adherence to fairly stringent conditions. “The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions, but I have refused bail to Ike,” Mark said.

After their arrest in June last month by the London Met Police, the couple appeared in court where it was ruled that they both be remanded in custody while the appropriate authorities proceed with further investigations. The Ekweremadus were brought in after the boy whose organs they plotted to harvest opened up to medical personnel at the Royal Free Hospital (where he was being prepared for the surgery) that he was unwilling to consent. Authorities immediately moved to safely secure him before moving in on the alleged culprits.

The boy has been identified as a certain David Ukpo, a 21-year-old whose age was initially declared as 15 years old. Ukpo is said to be a homeless orphan in Lagos and was brought to the UK against in will for the purpose of harvesting his kidney for Ekweremadu’s daughter who is battling kidney failure.

Investigations have led to the arrest of Dr. Obinna Obeta A Nigerian, UK-based doctor living in Southwark in south London. Obeta has been accused of conspiring with the Ekweremadus and helping to facilitate the travel of Ukpo to the UK.

The next court hearing is scheduled for August 4, 2022.

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Nollywood Actress Ada Ameh Has Passed On

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Popular Nollywood actress Ada Ameh is dead. She was 48 years old.

Her death has been confirmed by the Actors Guild of Nigeria president, Emeka Rollas. Though Rollas did not give details regarding Ameh’s cause of death, several online sources say that Ameh collapsed while attending a function in Warri, Delta State.

The said function is said to have been hosted by a renowned oil magnate and his family and Ameh was one of the attendants until she suddenly slumped. Sources say she was immediately rushed to the NNPC hospital in Warri but was confirmed dead by doctors upon arrival.

In the weeks leading up to her sad demise, Ada Ameh opened up about her struggles with mental health problems. She shared a video on her Instagram page telling fans about her ill health but retaining a positive note that she was going to fight and recover.

“Everything is going to be fine. I have an issue right now and it is taking my life. I nor go die. We will get over it, we will get over it,” the actress said in the video.

She also added that the illness not only cost her a job but put her at loggerheads with her employers. “I was given a job and I didn’t do the job because I had mental issues. Would people understand when you say you have mental issues? They won’t. They are slamming me with a bill, suing me, it’s okay,” she said.

A few weeks later, her colleague and friend Empress Njamah posted a short clip on her Instagram to update fans about Ameh’s health. Njamah asked that more prayers be made for Ameh who was seen in the video lying beside Njamah.

Ada Ameh was said to have plunged into depression after losing her only daughter to a surgery gone wrong in 2020. She had the child in her teens out of wedlock.

Ameh had a career that spanned over 20 years and was revered for her comedic and melodramatic portrayals. After her breakout in 1996 with the movie, Domitila, she next became known for playing the mother to the comedic duo Aki and Paw Paw. More recently, Ameh was best known for playing Emu, the matriarch of the Johnsons family in the acclaimed Africa Magic TV series,  The Johnsons.

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