Veteran Actor, Oga Bello, loses mum

Popular and frontline Yoruba actor, Adebayo Salami better known as Oga Bello, has announced the passing away of his aged mother. The successful actor took to his Instagram page to make the announcement this morning.

Below is the message as penned down.

“From Allah we all came, To Him we shall all return “

It is with a heart of thanksgiving and calm reflection that I announce the passing away of my most beloved mother. She was called to glory a few hours ago.

She will be buried today by 2pm at Bello’s compound Pakata roundabout Ilorin.

Details of Fidau shall be communicated later.

Please put my late mother and the family in your prayers at this period.

May Allah grant my precious jewel Aljannah Firdaos. Sleep well my mother, Alhaja Aishat Ayoka AbdulKareem.


Source: TVC News



Buni: Osinbajo, govs begin talks as fear grips APC

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives’ Congress have begun consultations on how best to resolve the internal crisis in the APC following the Supreme Court judgment on the chairmanship of Mai Mala Buni.

On Monday in Abuja, The PUNCH had gathered that Osinbajo, under the directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), consulted with the governors and other stakeholders to deliberate on ways to escape future legal traps.

It was learnt that although the party held its ward congress on Saturday as scheduled, many members felt the apex court’s judgment could affect the party in the near future.

Recall that, last Wednesday, the APC was divided following a Supreme Court judgment that declared the Ondo State Governor and APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), winner of the state’s 2020 election. The court also dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede.

The justices of the apex court reportedly agreed that a sitting governor could not hold the dual elective positions of governor and national chairman of a political party.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), in a statement on Wednesday advised the party to suspend the ward congress.

But the Lead Counsel to the APC in the Ondo State governorship suit, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), at a press conference on Thursday said the judgment of the majority of the apex court justices did not invalidate Buni’s chairmanship.

Also, the Secretary of the caretaker committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, directed congress committee to conduct the ward congress on Saturday as scheduled.

It was gathered that, following the controversy, the vice-president and the governors swung into action on Friday; holding their first meeting.

A highly-placed party source who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, disclosed that at the inaugural meeting, Osinbajo presided over a legal review of the judgment with lawyers who are members of the Federal Executive Council ahead of Saturday’s Ward congresses.

The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Buni, reportedly rushed down to the Villa over the weekend in company of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, to explain the position of the party’s leadership to the vice-president.

It was learnt that, at the Friday meeting, most of the APC governors voted in favour of proceeding with the ward congress; though some felt the exercise would be canceled if it went ahead.

The party’s source denied speculations that the VP directed the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN to halt the ward congress.

Late on Monday, a reliable source in the Villa told The PUNCH that “The VP is of the firm view that the Supreme Court ruling last week is a clear legal ditch which is best avoided.


Source: Punch



Tunisian president sacks 2 more ministers

A week after dismissing the government, Tunisia’s president has issued presidential orders to sack and replace two more ministers.

According to a presidential statement, the orders dismissed Ali al-Kaali, the minister of economy, finance, and investment support, and appointed Siham al-Boughdiri as his successor.

Mohamed El-Fadil Karim, the minister of communication technologies and also acting minister of agriculture, fisheries and water resources, was also relieved of his duties and replaced by Nizar Bennaji.

Last week, President Kais Saied dismissed the government of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, froze parliament, and assumed executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister.

Since July 25, Saied sacked a number of top officials, including Defense Minister Ibrahim al-Bartajy and acting Justice Minister Hasnaa bin Suleiman.

Saied insists that his exceptional measures are meant to “save” the country, while his critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.

Tunisia has been seen as the only country that succeeded in carrying out a democratic transition among a group of Arab countries that witnessed popular revolutions in the early 2010s that toppled their ruling regimes, including Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.