• How Awujale settled the rift between them
There is no gainsaying Bola Tinubu’s influence; be it in politics or the country’s business circuit, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), looms large in the nation’s psyche, as the galaxy’s Milky Way above stratus-cumulus clouds. As the clouds and blue expanse of the skies arouse questions about their vastness in every curious heart, Bola Tinubu provokes inquiry and endless streams of speculations about the limits and otherwise of his influence.
As you read, the storm is over between President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu. Ill wind has deserted the midst of the two prominent leaders of Nigeria’s ruling party, like evil mist at the searing blaze of celestial light. Rabble rousers may hold their peace now; Buhari has wooed Tinubu. The strained relationship between Buhari and Tinubu, who played a major role in his emergence as presidential candidate of the APC, has been trending since the inauguration of the present government last year.
And that was not unconnected with the fact that Tinubu lost out in the scramble for cabinet slots and other key positions for his men when Buhari was constituting his team. Even though two former governors, Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who are prominent faces in the Tinubu political family, made the cabinet list last year, they clinched their respective slots without the blessing of their political leader. That was believed to have further strained the relationship between the President and Tinubu. Not even the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Fowler, a close associate of Tinubu, as FIRS boss last year could quickly mend their strained relationship.
Finally, Mr. President has decided to bring more Tinubu’s men onboard. Last week, he appointed Tinubu’s former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Trust Fund for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP). He also appointed Tinubu’s media aide, Mr. Sunday Dare, as an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Before then, Buhari had appointed a close associate of Tinubu, Mr. Pius Akinyelure, as a member of the newly constituted board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), while Mr. Tokunbo Abiru was made the Managing Director of Skye Bank when CBN reconstituted the bank’s board and management team. HighLife however gathered that the rift between Buhari and Tinubu was mended when a prominent traditional ruler in the South West, the Awujale of Ijebu, Oba Sikiru Adetona, intervened.
Where Is Faysal Harbs, Jumoke Ademokoya’s Hubby?
•Kwara socialite disappears from social scene
High society pulsates as you read. The gist revolves around Faysal Harbs. The prominent socialite and magnate’s whereabouts has kept the social media buzzing for a while. Like shy elves hiding from the traveler’s eye, Faysal suddenly disappeared from the social radar, hiding out where no one but his close family members knows. Harbs had once made Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State, his oyster. He remains yet a prominent player in the city’s economic and social spheres. Not only does he call the shots in the city’s social scene, his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Jumoke Harbs, is also a famous socialite and a highly regarded woman.
Lately, the well-connected dude seems to have little or no interest in social affairs. Faysal, who used to be the rallying point of major social functions in Ilorin, hardly attends social events these days, no matter the status of the people involved.
While no one seems to know the reason for his sudden sabbatical from the social scene, rumour has it that Harb’s businesses are facing some hard times. Due to this, he is committed to resuscitating his business while staying away from the eyes of the public. Others have, however, countered the rumour, insisting that Fayasal remains financially solid. His wife, however, remains a regular face in social circles.
Yemi Benson’s Life Without Gbenga Edeki
It is often said that “a maiden marries to please her parents, a widow to please herself,” but after her husband, Gbenga Edeki, died, Yemi has remained in an anonymous cocoon. Yemi contradicts the African widow stereotype in more ways than could be imagined. She is not a symbol of neglect nor is she caught in a perpetual vortex of misery and lack. Impressively, Gbenga’s widow is holding firm even in the face of life’s scariest vicissitudes. However, cancer is a deadly thing indeed. Were Gbenga Edeki, former top executive of Shell, gifted with the voice of Homer to sing off0 terminal cancer, he might have escaped the harsh, cold hands of death. He might have escaped the excruciating pangs of the disease that has killed more persons than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.
Alas! Gbenga couldn’t, thus he is lying six-feet under the earth. The husband of a popular society lady, Yemi Benson, one of the Benson sisters, succumbed to the cold arms of death after fighting a futile battle against cancer for months. Gbenga’s tragic demise cast a dark pall over the entire family of the rich scion of the Edeki clan. Today, all that has been confined to history as the she is getting her groove back. It is insinuated that the adorable lady is at present being confronted with the temptation of giving marriage a second shot. Several attractive suitors have been crowding her porch but she has managed to keep every one of them at arm’s length.
Eku Edewor Pregnant for Odogwu?
Asking society watchers to be nuanced about smouldering TV gal, Eku Edewor, and her twin sister, Kessie Edewor-Thorley, is like asking a middle-schooler to discuss etymology. Impossible. And there is really so much to talk about the British-bred twin sisters. These thoroughbred twins are effortlessly beautiful, stylish, brilliant and connected.
And they are hugely sought after by men who want to have them for keeps forever but they are not in a hurry to exit the singles’ club.
Yet, not a few men would pray to just touch their arms and claim to their friends that they have touched an angel.
On top of these, they are very active on the social scene. Eku and Kessiana Edewor-Thorley (Thorley being their grandfather’s British name) are the daughters of Juliana whose father was the late Itsekiri powerbroker, philanthropist and business mogul, Chief James Edewor. Since her major break anchoring Studio 53 Extra on MNET, Eku has continued to give vent to her talent and training as a theatre artiste. Now the lastest news is that Eku is pregnant for Chini Odogwu, one of the sons of Chief Sunny Odogwu. They are not married though. According to an insider from the Odogwu family, Chini and Eku are not planning to get married after all. Eku will just be his babymama.
Eku and Chini have shared numerous photos of each other on their respective Instagram accounts.