The last has not been heard of the tussle between actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima and actor Emeka Ike over the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
Few days ago, a Federal High Court in lagos voided the election of the ex-beauty queen as President of the Guild because the election was conducted against a standing court order.
Shortly after the verdict Emeka Ike reportedly told Ibinabo to vacate the seat within 24 hours or face another lawsuit.
Well, there’s a new development in the whole saga. A statement sent to me revealed that the latter planned to invade the National Headquarters of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Surulere, Lagos on Friday 20th March 2015. Excerpts below
“The actor, school administrator and politician had invited a cross session of the media and thespians loyal to him to attend his intended takeover of the mantle of leadership from the guild’s current President, Fiberisima Ibinabo.
After the purported overthrow, it was rumoured he would have addressed the media, stating his agenda for the association. Emeka Ike who had the record of court litigations against the headship of the AGN and its Board of Trustees (BOT ) had wanted to rely on the judgment of a Federal HighCourt’s nullification of the presidency of Ibinabo to assume the control of the actors body.
It would be recalled that Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Lagos had on Monday 15th March, 2015 declared the presiding of the affairs of the AGN by Ibinabo a nullity.
Thereafter, the BOT and the AGN proceeded to the Court of Appeal in Lagos to seek for a reversal of the judgment of JusticeTsoho.
They argued that the honorable judge erred in law in holding that the plaintiff, an expelled member of the guild, St. Maradona Mikevine Johnson has the locus standi to bring the action at the Federal High Court. But luck was against Emeke Ike as his efforts at storming the guild’s office were unfruitful.
While the crew of Channels TV and Silver Bird TV invited by Emeka came in as early as 10 am for the supposed events and met brick wall, correspondents from Television Continental (TVC) and The Sun Newspapers arrived at 12 noon with same fate.
Not even his lieutenants, Don Pedro Aganbi, Paul Obasele, Rachel Oniga and Frank Dallas were on hand to receive the press crew.
It was an upcoming actor, Tupac that dared showed up; he was sent away by members of the AGN that were there to effect sanity.
He also sent members of the dreaded Odua People’s Congress (OPC) but they soft-pedaled after listening to the AGN;they left without any fuss.
Meanwhile at the close of the day, there were still indications that Emeka Ike mayre-strategise and launch his incursion on Monday, 23rd March, 2015. Attempts at getting him and his second- in -command; Don Pedro to speak on the issue was unsuccessful. The telephone lines of both men were switched off.”