That the 1-year tussle between veteran actor, Lere Paimo a.k.a Eda Onile Ola and the newly formed Yoruba Movie Association, Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN) has now become a thing of the past is no longer news. What is new about it now is how the actor ended the rift. For those of you conversant with happenings in the industry, you will agree that over the years, there have been leadership tussle in the Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) over who becomes the next President of the union between Comrade Victor Ashaolu and Dele Odule after the tenure of veteran actor, Prince Jide Kosoko which lasted 7 years ended.
The battle was finally settled in court on Thursday, January 30, 2014 as Comrade Ashaolu was declared as the authentic and the duly elected President of the association by a Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State by Justice Bolaji Yussuf. ANTP had been without a leader for a long time, but Jide Kosoko, whose tenure ended some years ago, has been regarded as the standing-leader of the association due to the leadership tussle between Ashaolu and Odule. Then, the aggrieved members of the association angrily left same day to form another one called TAMPPAN after a crucial meeting held at Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello’s house in Ikorodu Lagos. Majority followed TAMPPAN while a few set of People particularly the veteran actors stayed with ANTP.
After a year, members of ANTP were reported to have called for the removal of Ashaolu for alleged misconduct and embezzlement. However, it came as a shock a few months ago as one of the strong pillars of the ANTP, Eda Onile Ola took part in a movie, titled Opa Orisa Oko written and produced by Lukman Ayodeji, a member of TAMPPAN to end the rift. Opa Orisa Oko is a warlord action packed movie which paraded the likes of Ibadan businessman, Sunday Igboho, Abeni Agbon, Yinka Quadri, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo, Lere Paimo, Remi Surutu, Jide Kosoko Aderupoko, Ogun Majek, Sunny Ali, Alesh Onilegbale and others. Jide Kosoko and Eda Onile Ola dazzled their fans as they both played the role of Kings in the flick.