The children of Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ajayi, the widow of Dr. Tosin Ajayi of First Foundation Medical Engineering Co. Ltd, have come out to debunk the false stories making the rounds on social media that, on the 7th of September 2021, the Federal High Court, Lagos, awarded Helen Prest, a mistress of the Late Dr. Tosin Ajayi, 50% of the estate of Dr. Tosin Ajayi.
According to the first child of Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ajayi, Mrs. Olutomi Deru (Nee Ajayi), “the order, which was strangely granted in the absence of the company and our Mum, only granted Helen Prest and her daughter permission to institute their main action and restrained our Mum from running the company pending the determination of the main suit.”
She said the orders were temporary orders and that the court did not make any order granting Helen Prest any share in the estate of their Dad contrary to the blatantly false and sensational stories being circulated in the social media.
According to her, “the court did not rule on any of the claims they are making in their main suit and they are not even claiming 50% of our Dad’s estate in their main suit. So, the social media reports are bizarre and at odds with the court’s order that one can only conclude that the reports were either sponsored by Helen Prest or issued by her supporters for mischievous purposes.”
The third child of Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ajayi, Mrs. Omolade Soetan (Nee Ajayi) also narrated that the orders were fraudulently obtained as no hearing notice was served on our Mum or the company or their lawyers, Kunle Adegoke & Co. “The court had previously granted certain interim orders (also in the absence of the Defendants) on 5th August 2021 and our lawyers had earlier filed an application to set aside those interim orders and the application was pending before the Court when the court made its September 7 order which is still pending before the court.
Helen Prest and her lawyers exhibited the highest level of desperation by pretending to have served our Mum with a hearing notice whereas they never did. They obtained the orders of the court fraudulently and our lawyers are taking the appropriate steps in this regard” she added.
Mrs. Omolade Soetan further stated that, just a few days before the court’s September 7 order, the Plaintiffs had served a counter-affidavit against the application filed by our mother to set aside the August 5 interim orders obtained by Helen Prest, which were based on the same information as the September 7 order. “So, it was abundantly clear that the Defendants would not miss an opportunity to be heard on any other orders that the Plaintiffs were seeking. The Plaintiffs have become so desperate that they do not mind to win the matter fair or foul,” she said.
Mrs. Deru went on to say “regardless of whether there was any evidence of the service of a hearing notice before the court, it is quite puzzling that the judge would disregard our mother’s application to set aside its earlier orders that was before it and went on to hear the Plaintiffs’ application without giving the Defendants another opportunity to appear before the court.”
When asked if she and her siblings were ready to accommodate Helen Prest’s daughter, Tomisin, in the estate of their father, Mrs. Deru said that that has always been the case.
According to her, even though their Dad never introduced Tomisin to any member of the family as his daughter, they chose from the outset to accept her as their Dad’s daughter in good faith. “In fact, shortly after our Dad’s funeral, we wrote to Tomisin to join as an administratrix in our application to obtain Letters of Administration for our Dad’s estate, but Tomisin turned down the offer preferring to go it alone. We later discovered that Tomisin and her Mum had shamelessly filed for Letters of Administration several months before our Dad’s funeral,”.
According to Mrs. Soetan, many things that Helen Prest has done since their Dad’s passing, has shown to them that her plan is to get not only a share of the estate for herself, notwithstanding that she was just a mistress, but to get more than half if not the entire estate to herself and her daughter.
Speaking about Helen Prest, Mrs. Deru said “the truth is that she’s a woman that aggressively pursues a public perception of grace and class, but she has shown us that all of that is just a huge façade – in reality, she is a shameless and classless woman.
She wants a recognition that our Dad refused to legally grant her during his lifetime.
Now, we know why our Dad consistently refused to do so,” she added. “Our Dad was known to fight many land disputes all the way to the Supreme Court, and we’re ready to go the length with this case – all the way to the Supreme Court. This is just the beginning. Justice will prevail in the end,” she concluded.
She further narrated that their mother, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ajayi, remained the legal wife of her father till death as the couple never divorced and that the funny narratives being spurn by Helen Prest are just meant to cover the fact that she only engaged in an illicit relationship with their father which produced Tomisin. She concluded that such a relationship, would never make Helen Prest a wife or a beneficiary of their father’s estate.
The matter before Justice Ringim has been transferred to the Administrative Judge for re-assignment and no date has been fixed for further hearing.
Billionaire Businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah’s Wondrous Donation
No doubt, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman, Capital Oil, is generous to a fault. This top player in the nation’s oil and gas sector also has a large heart. Besides, he is unapologetically committed to the uplift of his community, while also helping the course of humanity.
The billionaire is fasting becoming one of the biggest philanthropists from the South East part of Nigeria has the milk of kindness running in his veins.
As proof of his fellow-feeling, the Senator representing Anambra South senatorial district in the National Assembly, has just made a wondrous donation of N500million to Anambra State, to support the fight against insecurity.
Ubah made the pledge during a visit to the state Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, at the Government House last Tuesday evening in Awka, the state capital.
The senator, however, made specifications on how the money would be spent.
Anambra State had for over a year been under the tight grip of criminals, who kidnap, kill and steal from residents until lately, when Soludo fought back.
Ubah in a statement signed by his Head of Media and Strategic Communications, Mr. Kamen Chuks Ogbonna, also explained how the funds would be used.
The senator was quoted as telling the governor that: “It takes a secure environment to sustain infrastructural development.
“I will complement your efforts with a series of interventions aimed at curbing capital flight from the zone and restore confidence in our people to return home and help in developing our economy.”
Stating how the funds would be spent, Ubah said N200million would be spent on the training of security personnel and provision of latest security communication gadgets for Anambra South vigilante groups.
He added that N300million would be for the provision of solar lights to further illuminate and strengthen the security architecture in Anambra South senatorial district.
The senator said the promise would all be implemented in the next three months.
OJUDE OBA FESTIVAL 2022: COMMITTEE LAUDS RITE FOODS LTD FOR SPONSORSHIP OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
The Ojude Oba Festival 2022 planning committee has commended Nigeria’s beverage giant, Rite Foods limited for its commitment to promoting the cultural heritage of the Ijebu people through the sponsorship of the Ojude-Oba Festival 2022 tagged “The Return of the Ojude-Oba”.
The beverage giant known for refreshing consumers with various flavors of revitalizing carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, tasty on-the-go sausages and fruit drinks across the country and continent is the official beverage sponsor of this year’s Ojude-Oba festival.
The commendation came at a press conference which was held at the Awujale’s palace in Ijebu Ode on Friday to officially flag off the festival slated to hold on Monday, July 11th 2022 at the ancient town of Ijebu Ode.
Chief Dr. Fassy Yusuf, the Baagbimo of Ijebuland and festival coordinator, while speaking at the press conference said that Rite Foods Limited has demonstrated its commitment to promoting the cultural heritage of the Ijebu people through the sponsorship and urged the company to maintain its record of celebrating the peoples’ cultures.
“Rite Foods Limited has always come through for us in situations like this and we must commend them for the effort to promote the cultural heritage of our people. It is our prayer that the company keeps growing in leaps and bounds,” the festival coordinator echoed.
Boluwatife Adedugbe, Brand Manager, Beverage and Bakery, Rite Foods Limited restated her company’s commitment to the promotion of cultural heritage of its people and communities in which it operates. According to her, Rite Foods Limited prides itself as true sons of the soil by joining all sons and daughters of Ijebuland to celebrate the age long festival to honor the paramount ruler of the land.
“For us at Rite Foods Limited, Ojude-Oba is about celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Ijebu people, most especially by paying homage to the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba II. We will always commit to celebrating the Ijebu people and our royal father who bestrides the traditional institution of his people like a colossus; he is an incorruptible leader and statesman who personifies a sagacious, courageous, charismatic, dependable and reliable leader which aligns with our values of excellence and integrity at Rite Foods Limited”, she stated.
The Brand Manager also used the occasion to announce that the festival will provide an opportunity for consumers to experience its newly launched refreshing Sosa fruit drink.
“The platform will be used as another avenue to make a laudable statement on the Rite Foods Ltd just launched refreshing Sosa Fruit Drink”, she added. The sosa fruit drink is available in five flavors – Orange; Apple; Orange, Passion, Mango; Mixed Berries; and Cranberry. All flavors are available for consumers in 35cl and 1Litre packs.
The annual Ojude-Oba Festival is a spectacular celebration of the Ijebu nation of southwestern Nigeria. This age-long cultural heritage and festival of the Ijebus has been in existence for over 2 centuries and the festival is a classic example and manifestation of religious tolerance in Ijebu land.
The host of the festival, the Awujale of Ijebuland, HRM Oba Alaiyeluwa (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona (CFR) Ogbagba II, will be joined by the special guest of honor, the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu and other top dignitaries, traditional rulers and captains of industries from across the country.
Rite Foods Limited which prides itself as a company with the highest number of brands in its sector is set to win the hearts of multitudes of consumers from all walks of life with its array of refreshing brands to give quality satisfaction to all who would grace the Ojude-Oba Festival 2022.
The World Celebrates Oil and Gas Top Player, Wale Tinubu at 55
Today, billionaire oil mogul, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, has more than one reason to be joyous, apart from the grace to survive the mysteries of the last night.
Rising from his ornate massive bed to witness the dawn of a new beautiful day, his heart is filled with gratitude to God for the grace to mark his 55th birthday today.
The Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, unlike some others, usually prefers to be reflective on a day as this for very good reasons.
As a result, reliable sources disclosed that the birthday celebrations would definitely be low-key; there would not be any carnival-like celebration.
Unlike some members of his billionaires’ class he is neither given to frivolities nor any form of revelry.
Nevertheless, his family members, friends, business associates, fans and admirers are sharing in his joy and ready to pour encomiums on him.
In the past years, JAT, as he is famously called, has touched several lives whose paths have crossed his in so many positive ways.
He is as generous, collaborative, and lovable as he is innovative and brilliant. The mogul has a large heart and loves to see others succeed. He has an innate belief that behind every success story are others helping to make it happen.
Probably because he keeps the cameras away during his altruistic gestures, many don’t know that he is one of the biggest philanthropists in Nigeria at the moment.
It is a fact that the King of Africa’s oil has eyes good investments. His convictions can move mountains and his determination can shatter ceilings. This, no doubts, has made him to have some edge over his competitors.
In the views of some observers, Tinubu’s continued relevance, nay staying power, should provoke some careful study by aspiring entrepreneurs or even established ones, especially in the Nigeria’s inclement business environment.
The highly cerebral business mogul has proven in all ramifications that the African continent does not lack talents who can hold their heads high anywhere in the world.
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