Jumoke Okoya Sent Thugs After Kemi Nelson’ Supporters—Ayo Alli-Balogun


By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The battle for supremacy between two of the most powerful female politicians in Lagos; Mrs Kemi Nelson, the South West Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, the Women Leader of Lagos Chapter of the APC, appears to have taken a new dimension as the supporters of the two gladiators have resorted to physical combats.

Reports from the women indicated that the matter has culminated into attacks and counter-attacks by their supporters and we gathered that these have led to body injury and destruction of properties.

Just as pictures of Alhaja Abiodun, Mrs Okoya’s Personal Assistant, who was allegedly seriously injured, have been flying around, a video has equally surfaced, under police supervision, where the office of Mrs Nelson was destroyed by thugs alleged to have been sent from the camp of Mrs Okoya-Thomas.

There have been different versions to the story, but the woman, whose name is being peddled to have battered the PA of Mrs Jumoke Okoya Thomas, Miss Ayo Alli-Balogun narrated what she said led to the crisis.

Ms Ayo Alli-Balogun is a Human Development Consultant and Politician and an APC stalwart and loyalist as well as a mentee of Mrs Kemi Nelson.

According to her, “I feel I owe it to you all to give a summed up explanation on what happened on 27th of August, 2018 at the All Progressives Congress State party secretariat.

“For a while now, Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas (APC Lagos State Women Leader) has been on a war path with APC South-West Women Leader, Mrs Kemi Nelson for reasons best known to her.

“I, Ayo Alli-Balogun became aware of Hon Jumoke’s detest for her superior and South-West Women Leader of our great party, All Progressives Congress at the final mega campaign rally of H.E Kayode Fayemi days before the Ekiti State gubernatorial elections 2018.”

Alli-Balogun alleged that Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, out of nowhere and no provocation, started raining insults on Mrs Kemi Nelson that, she, Madam Jumoke was not allowed into the VIP pavilion of the rally.

She stated that whilst Madam Jumoke was raining her insults, she saw her (Alli-Balogun) and immediately verbally attacked her calling her “Aja Kemi Nelson” meaning Kemi Nelson’s dog!

“I ignored her and proceeded to my seat. Madam Jumoke Okoya-Thomas’ attack on my person came to a head on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at the country home of the Lagos State Governor, H.E Ambode during His Excellency’s Sallah gathering. Madam Jumoke accused me of staring at her and threatened to deal with me.

“The shocking thing about her utterances was that, at no point did I have any close contact with her; not to say I attempted any form of attack on her.

“The worrying bit about her utterance and actions is that Madam Jumoke seems to be clairvoyant and can see things that don’t exist. Madam Jumoke was seated about 15 huge tables away from where I stood with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to receive His Excellency who was making the rounds greeting and taking pictures with guests.

“I noticed Madam Jumoke’s visible agitation as she wagged her hand towards my direction in a threatening manner when she said “you are staring at me! I will deal with you!!” Naturally, I was shocked by Madam Jumoke’s conduct so I informed party leaders present,” she revealed.

Ms Alli-Balogun added that the leaders promised to look into the matter and asked that she should go on with my dancing.

She added, “However, I thought it imperative to notify APC State Chairman of my experience with Madam Jumoke Okoya-Thomas during the governor’s sallah gathering.

She narrated further, “I visited the State Party Chairman on Thursday 23rd of August, 2018 but he had left, I called and booked an appointment for Monday 27th of August, 2018 to which the party State Chairman agreed.

“On the fateful day, I went to the State Chairman’s office in company of three senior women of the party to inform him of Madam Jumoke’s threat to deal with me.

“As fate would have it, I was informed that the State Chairman was in a meeting.

“While waiting, Madam Jumoke exited the Chairman’s office and later returned to the office about 10mins later. All this while I was at the reception area of the Chairman’s office with the three women who accompanied me there.

“After waiting for an additional 30mins, I decided to leave as it was apparent Madam Jumoke was going to be in the office for a long time. On my way to the South-West Women leader’s office within the party secretariat, I was apprehended by Madam Jumoke’s PA (Alhaja Abiodun) and her police orderly.

“They both descended on me with slaps, blows and lashes from a horse whip wielded by the police orderly attached to Madam Jumoke.

“I naturally attempted to defend myself and detached myself from the stronghold of the vicious Alhaja Biodun. I then returned to the Chairman’s office to show him my battered face, body and clothes.

“About an hour later in Mrs Kemi Nelson’s office in the presence of Deputy and Vice Chairman of the party. Six hefty fierce looking men in black Tee-shirts with scorpion drawn on them burst into the South-West Women Leader’s office.

“They told us they are from Lagos Island and have been directed to kill Mrs Kemi Nelson and me.

“Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas at some point during the assault came into Mrs Kemi Nelson’s office shouting that “Kemi Nelson is in the toilet, she must be killed! Once she’s killed her followers would disperse” in Yoruba.

“The armed men beat up everyone found in Mrs Kemi Nelson’s office. The most horrifying thing is the stabbing of Mrs Kemi Nelson’s Chief Security Officer for not telling them (cultists) where Kemi Nelson and I were.

“Every equipment found in Mrs Kemi Nelson’s party office were destroyed! We were rescued by a team of the Nigeria Police Force about an hour later.

“Whilst Madam Jumoke Okoya-Thomas was speaking to the police Area Commander who visited the party secretariat; she was quoted to have said to the Commander that “she was fighting for her right”, “she admitted inviting the armed men in black Tee/shirt with scorpion drawn on the back and refused Alhaja Biodun to be interrogated by the police at the Party’s State secretariat.

“I am immensely grateful to God for sparing the lives of Mrs Kemi Nelson, team of women with us and also my good self.”

Information however, revealed that the camp of Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas has taken to both the online and offline media to disparage Mrs Kemi Nelson, alleging that her supporters were the first to attack those of Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas.

Related Stories

2023 Elections: Atiku, Obi Run to Supreme Court to Unseat Tinubu

By Adedapo Adesanya The two leading opposition presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections, Mr Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, on Tuesday, approached the Supreme Court to upturn the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which on September 6, affirmed Mr Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the exercise held on Saturday, February 25. Mr Atiku, in his Notice of Appeal predicated on 35 grounds, insisted that the tribunal, in the judgment delivered by Justice Haruna Tsammani, committed grave error and miscarriage


Firm Plans ‘Street Food Celebration’ to Showcase Nigerian Cuisine

By Modupe Gbadeyanka On October 1, 2023, food enthusiasts and stakeholders will gather at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos to have a taste of Nigerian cuisine at an event organised by 3X4 Foods, a subsidiary of 3 BY 4 Gourmet. The founder of 3X4 Foods, Ms Banke Makinde, said the programme, Street Food Celebration, would be used to showcase the Nigerian culture, through food, to the world. She said the event would provide an opportunity to celebrate Nigeria’s culture, history, and people through street food, and promote cultural entertainment, and delicious gourmet street food. According to her, Street Food Celebration


Independence: FG Declares Monday October 2 Public Holiday

By Adedapo Adesanya The federal government has declared Monday, October 2, 2023, a public holiday to celebrate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day, which falls on Sunday, October 1. The Minister of Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made this known in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Oluwatoyin Akinlade, in Abuja on Thursday. Mr Olubunmi acknowledged the global socio-economic hardship, noting that Nigeria is not excluded. He, however, reasserted the government’s commitment to tackling the issues facing the country to reassure Nigerians. “It is today a known fact that difficult Socio-Economic and Security challenges are global, and Nigeria is not

More Stories

WorldRemit Celebrates International Migrants Day

By Ahmed Rahma A leading cross-border payments company, WorldRemit, has joined others to celebrate the 2020 International Migrants Day held Saturday, December 19, 2020. The company marked the day with the release of its top 20 Migrant Moments list, which featured developments that have had significant impacts on communities across the world. WorldRemit explained that the purpose of compiling the list was to bring attention to all those who have managed to make a positive difference during this exceptionally year ravaged by COVID-19. The organisation aims to support migrant communities as well as their family and friends every day, whilst


Popoola Urges Investors to Diversify Portfolios to Reduce Risks as Stock Prices Rise

By Aduragbemi Omiyale Investors in the stock market have been advised to embrace the strategy of diversification of portfolios in order to get a better return on investment (RoI). The chief executive of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr Temi Popoola, while reacting to the current uptrend rally in the equity market, stressed that diversification of portfolios would go a long way to reduce risks, explaining the need for investors to re-balance their stock basket. So far this year, the local bourse has been buoyant with the NGX-All Share Index (NGX-ASI) Year-to-Date (YTD) returned at 26.62 per cent as of


Quickteller Begins ‘Everything is Possible’ Campaign

Quickteller, a leading consumer payment platform of Pan-African integrated digital payments company, Interswitch, known for providing seamless payment solutions, has launched a new campaign themed Everything is Possible. The campaign demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of the Quickteller platform. The commercials, which have just been released, are in two versions The Big Idea and Possibility. Both versions are in furtherance of the previous Quickteller campaign, One less thing to worry about, and reiterate the ease and universality of the Quickteller platform. The commercials deploy the use of humour and creativity to subtly drive in the point that on Quickteller, a user


HP Introduces New Global Partner Program, Amplify

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A first-of-its-kind global channel partner program that will drive dynamic partner growth and deliver consistent end-customer experiences has been launched by HP Incorporated. The new platform, HP Amplify, which was built on a single and integrated structure, provides the insights, capabilities and collaboration tools needed to drive growth as digital transformation and customer purchasing behaviours continue to evolve. The new program goes into effect November 1, 2020, for commercial partners with retail partners slated to transition in the second half of 2021. By consolidating HP’s best partner products, tools and trainings into one intuitive program, HP Amplify


FCCPC to Sanction Trade Groups Hiking Food Prices

By Adedapo Adesanya The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) will begin to roll out sanctions against members of trade associations guilty of anti-competitive practices, and indiscriminate and irrational hikes in food prices. This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FCCPC, Mr Babatunde Irukera, on Tuesday during a forum organised by the commission to discuss fair food prices. Speaking at the forum titled Fair food prices in Nigeria: A high-level forum for better competition, he said, “We will continue to monitor the market, and where we find that prices are excessive or find exploitative conduct,


No Nigerian Bank Matches Our Financial Inclusion Strategy—First Bank

By Dipo Olowookere Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank of Nigeria Ltd, Mr Adesola Adeduntan, has said the lender remains a leader in implementing the financial inclusion drive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the federal government. Mr Adeduntan made this disclosure in an interview with BusinessDay’s Patrick Atuanya and Endurance Okafor, where he shared insight on how the commercial bank was driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, especially in the Northern region where exclusion rate is high. With over 31,000 agent networks, the lender plans to collaborate with telcos in providing financial products and services to the 36.6


Equities Trading Closes Green After N2bn Gain

By Dipo Olowookere The first gain on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) this week was achieved on Thursday after the market closed slightly higher by 0.01 percent. The market capitalisation increased yesterday by N2 billion to close at N11.594 trillion, while the All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 4.05 points to settle at 30,833.50 points. Despite the rebound yesterday, the market closed with 17 price losers as against 14 price gainers. Presco topped the gainers’ chart with N6 price appreciation to settle at N68 per share and was followed by NASCON, which closed N1.80k higher to end at N20 per share.


International Breweries Appoints Rivett-Carnac as Director

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Mr Richard Rivett-Carnac has been appointed to the board of directors of International Breweries Plc, the brewery giant has revealed. He is joining the board as a non-executive director, a statement signed by the Company Secretary/General Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ayojimi, stated. Mr Rivett-Carnac replaces Mr Phillip Redman, who recently resigned his appointment as a non-executive director. It was disclosed that Mr Rivett-Carnac is the Mergers and Acquisitions/Treasury Director for AB InBev Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant and was an investment Banker with Barclays Capital UK and also worked with KPMG Johannesburg

Recent Stories

Mediacraft Associates Employees Get 25% Pay Rise

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The salaries of employees of Mediacraft Associates Limited, a leading Nigerian full-service Public Relations and Integrated Brand Communications Consultancy firm, have been increased by 15 and 25 per cent. This was confirmed by a statement from the organisation as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It was disclosed that the gesture was to reward the efforts of the workers toward the growth of the company and to cushion the current hardships in the country due to the removal of petroleum subsidy. According to the chief executive of Mediacraft Associates, Mr John Ehiguese, the salary increase had


Are Audio Streaming Platforms in Your Marketing Mix? They Should be

By Mark Redguard Walk down the streets of any major city around the world and take a look at all the people you pass along the way. Chances are you’ll see more people wearing earphones and headphones, in all of their shapes and sizes, than not. Most of those people, whether they’re consuming music or podcasts, will be listening through an audio streaming platform. In fact, Spotify’s 500 million-plus users spent more than 132 billion hours streaming audio on the platform in 2022.  And that’s just Spotify. Factor in other platforms, including the likes of Mdundo and Audiomack, and the


Unlisted Stock Investors Grow Market to N1.105trn

By Adedapo Adesanya The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange rose by 0.38 per cent on Friday, September 30, with N4.16 billion added to the value of the bourse, closing at N1.105 trillion compared with Thursday’s value of N1.101 trillion. The market witnessed the improvement a day after the shares of VFD Group were yanked off the trading platform, with the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) closing higher by 3.06 points to settle at 815.65 basis points versus the previous day’s 812.59 basis points. There were three gainers led by FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc, which improved by N1.31 to close at


Naira Appreciates on Dollar Across FX Market Segments

By Adedapo Adesanya The Naira appreciated against the US Dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E), the Peer-to-Peer (P2P), and the black market arms of the foreign exchange (forex) market on Friday, September 29, as a turbulent third quarter ended. In the official segment, the local currency improved its value against the greenback by 2.6 per cent or N20.04 to close at N755.27/$1, in contrast to the preceding day’s N775.31/$1 amid a drop in the supply of FX into the system by 11.6 per cent or $16.73 million to $127.82 million from the $144.55 million published on Thursday. In the


Brent, WTI Shrink on Macroeconomic Worries, Profit Taking

By Adedapo Adesanya The prices of Brent futures and the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures went down by about 1 per cent on Friday, due to macroeconomic concerns and sustained profit-taking. Data showed that Brent fell by 7 cents to $95.31 per barrel and WTI depreciated by 92 cents to $90.97. Prices rose about 30 per cent in the third quarter of the year helped by the production cuts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+). This action squeezed global crude supply. Brent was about 2.2 per cent in the week and 27 per cent


NGX Sheds N37bn as Investors Sell Stocks in Panic to Buy FX

By Dipo Olowookere Profit-taking persisted on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, as investors refused to tone down their profit-taking activities. It was observed that the market is gradually entering panic mode due to macroeconomic instability in the country, especially with the exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar going above N1,000 in the parallel market. A stockbroker with one of the leading brokerage firms in the country, who asked not to be named, said the local bourse was witnessing panic selling due to investors liquidating their shares for Dollars. “This trend will continue for a while


FG, States, Local Councils Get N1.1tn As September Allocation

By Adedapo Adesanya The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total of N1.1 trillion from the revenue generated by the nation in August 2023 for September to enable the three tiers of government; the federal government, states, and local government councils, to have funds to pay salaries and others. The allocation of the funds was confirmed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation on Friday following FAAC’s September 2023 meeting. According to a statement by the OAGF’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Bawa Mokwa, there was “N1100.101 billion (N1.1 trillion) total distributable revenue.”


Erisco Product Reviewer Fights Back, Threatens 500m Suit

By Bliss Okperan A lady who reviewed a product of Erisco Foods Limited, Nagiko Tomato Mix, Mrs Chioma Egodi, has threatened to demand the sum of N500 million from the chief executive of the company, Mr Eric Umeofia, for violating her fundamental human rights. Mrs Egodi said she purchased the product at the market with the intention of using it to cook stew for her family. However, when she tasted it, according to her, it tasted too much sugar, prompting her to post about it on Facebook. It was reported that Erisco was not happy with the negative review. She


Scoring Success: How Data Analytics Revolutionizes Football Predictions Strategies

Data analytics is transforming football predictions as tools and techniques are consistently being designed to enhance accuracy and precision in football betting. In this article, we uncover the huge impact of data analytics in football betting. The Power of Data in Football Predictions In football betting, data analytics is used to collect, analyse, and interpret data to make informed predictions. This includes several metrics, such as player stats, team performance, head-to-head results, and external factors like injuries, fatigue, and weather conditions. Data analytics in football predictions is useful in the following ways:  Transforming Raw Data to Useful Piece of Information


Alleged Assault: Manchester United Recall Anthony to Squad

By Dipo Olowookere Brazilian winger, Anthony, is now eligible to make the Manchester United squad again, a statement from the football club has disclosed. A few weeks ago, the footballer was suspended by the English sports outfit over allegations of assault in his home country. His former girlfriend, Rosilene Silva, accused the footballer of assaulting her, prompting the police in Brazil to launch an investigation into the claims. The police in the United Kingdom also took an interest in the matter, forcing the Old Trafford team to ask Anthony to stay away from the team. In an update on Friday,