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Pro-Tinubu Group Reacts As APC Endorses Osinbajo’s Support Group

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A support group canvassing for the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the president of Nigeria in the 2023 elections, South-West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA ’23), has frowned at the National Caretaker Ex­traordinary Convention Plan­ning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for endorsing and recognizing a group supporting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s bid for the top job.

The pro-Tinubu group, reacting to the recognition of the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG), a group backing Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, said it is not the duty of the party’s planning committee to endorse support groups ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The said endorsement came in form of a letter dated October 4 which was published by the Daily Independent. In it, APC Director (Administration), Abubakar Suileman, was quoted as saying that the Chairman of the caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, has recognized the PCG as a “support group” of the party.

The letter read in parts: “We write to inform you that the national chairman, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has approved for your recognition as a support group of the party.”

However, a former member of the House of Representatives who is the Secretary of the pro-Tinubu group, SWAGA, Hon. Bosun Oladele, has aired his groups’ dissatisfaction while speaking with Daily In­dependent. He wondered why the recognition given to PCG was not equally given to SWAGA.

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He said:

“Let me start by saying that though it was reported, I can’t verify the authenticity of the report. However, assuming the report was true, the purported letter of recognition was signed by an administrative officer at the headquarters of APC and not the Chairman himself. That alone speaks to the weight to be attached to such things.

“Furthermore, it is not part of the duties of the National leadership of our great party to issue recognition or endorsement letters to any group as that might open up gaps within the rank and files of the party from the top to the polling units level.

“This must be viewed from the logic that no matter the number of pressure groups within the party, each of them belong to the National leadership.

“The Progressive Consolidation Group is not the only group with a vested interest in the party, I make bold to say! Every card-carrying member of APC is statutorily recognized by the party and I think that suffices for the purposes of pursuing one’s right and aspirations within the party and don’t forget such recognition is not done clandestinely or for any ulterior motives”.

“Although I am not the spokesman for Governor Buni and his team, I can hazard a guess that such thing is not so important to warrant any denial or confirmation.

“As for SWAGA’23’s position, we have been abiding strictly with our set goals and objectives and you can see clearly that we have the preponderance of opinion, goodwill, personalities, genuine display of commitment and love in support of our brand and the subject of our advocacy that is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu wherever we have been. That’s the most important recognition needed now, you’ll agree with me.”

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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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