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Dele Alake joins the Ekiti race

By Ishola Balogun

The list of aspirants for the Ekiti Central Senatorial seat is swelling with the latest addition of another veteran journalist, the former Lagos State Commissioner of Information and Managing Director of Television Continental (TVC) Mr. Dele Alake.

Dele Alake

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that former Governor Niyi Adebayo, prominent journalist, Babafemi Ojudu and serving commissioner of Information, Lagos state, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele, are interested in the ticket.

Interestingly, these gentlemen who express progressive idealism will be seeking the sole ticket under the Action Congress, save for ex-governor Niyi Adebayo who may look elsewhere for his ticket, most probably because of his closeness to a group of Afenifere, which does not go along with AC.  The other three are perceived to be close allies of  Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

What this will lead to is that some may give up their ambition and perhaps get compensated.

A source hinted Societywatch that the formation of the Mega Party can also offer similar opportunity to some of these aspirants.  The calculation according to our source is that whether Action Congress or Mega party, both are progressive platforms that can be used to get the slot.

Dele Alake, an accomplished media man, whose life is anchored on goodwill, has always said he’d like to affect his environment positively.  May be it is time?

England ‘s youngest doc is Nigeria ’s flying doctor
Dr Ola Orekunrin, born and bred in England, has decided to return to Nigeria to affect the people positively. Orekunrin, 23, wrote her final medical examinations at 21, emerging one of the youngest medical doctors in England.  She is back home to float a company called Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN). FDN is the first air ambulance service in the whole of West Africa and is quoted as being “one of the most important healthcare innovations in Nigeria this decade”.

Flying Doctors Nigeria is a social enterprise that provides urgent air ambulances to leading health institutions, insurance companies and private individuals throughout West Africa . With years of experience in both acute medicine and the aviation industry, FDN is backed by a team of professionals who operate a reliable and cost effective door to door air ambulance service, 24 hours a day.

Flying Doctors Nigeria supplies strategically placed air ambulances and medical crews throughout Nigeria, providing a rapid response service to even the most complicated medical transport requests. It also provides repatriation services for patients wishing to leave the country.

According to source,  Flying Doctor’s services in Nigeria include Personal Air Ambulance Cover, for individuals and families including the VIPs.

We gathered that the team of professionals on the board of Flying Doctor are Helen Bingley, Dele Adesina (SAN), R A Oyedele, Chief Magistrate, Mr James Olaleye, the current Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Dr R Akomolafe, Dr Leke Pitan, former Commissioner of Health, Lagos State , Dr Ola Orekunrin herself, amongst others.

Remi Ogunpitan goes to the altar again
Two years after the death of Lara, his beloved wife, Remi Ogunpitan will soon drop the garb of  widowerhood to take another wife.  The wedding arrangement, was disclosed to Societywatch by a close source.  The source said Remi will be getting married to Danielle, a pretty lady from the South West, until now based in the United Kingdom.  Danielle recently relocated to Nigeria after the duo decided to tie the knot. Sources said the date for the wedding will soon be announced.

Remi’s  IBST media has been involved in production of reality shows as well as music and drama based television content.  It has made mark in shows like the Big Brother Nigeria, Dragons Den, the Apprentice Africa and lately Oceanic Football and Koko Mansion.

Right now,  IBST is partnering with Insight Communications, a foremost advertising company, to produce a TV programme called Stylogenic.  The programme will feature celebrities on their styles.  We gathered that the former Miss World,  Agbani Darego, has been contracted to present the programme.


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