Former THISDAY editor agrees to continue Sunday column after talks with publisher

The former editor of THISDAY newspaper, Simon Kolawole, will continue to write his Sunday column and serve on the editorial board of the newspaper on part time basis.

Furious about his spontaneous reassignment from the position of Editor to Editorial Director, Mr. Kolawole resigned from the paper last Saturday.

Earlier that day, THISDAY publisher, Nduka Obaigbena called the board of directors to an impromptu meeting and announced the reshuffling of top editorial positions in the paper.

The same Mr. Obaigbena had in June 2010 appointed Mr. Kolawole for a fresh three-year tenure which was supposed to expire in June 2013.

But the THISDAY publisher denied knowledge of that appointment, saying Mr. Kolawole’s tenure had since expired.

After his removal was announced, the editor turned in his resignation telling colleagues he could not accept to be so shabbily treated after serving the newspaper diligently for about 10 years.

According to a source at the company, “he felt that the company should have had a conversation with him if there was a need to cut short his tenure.”

The publisher of the paper on Sunday told PREMIUM TIMES that he had accepted Mr. Kolawole resignation in good fate.

“He is free to pursue other interests. There is no quarrel, there is no problem,” Mr. Obaigbena said.

And as the paper’s publisher advised, Mr. Kolawole told his associates he would go on to pursue other interests.

“This is to officially inform you that I have resigned my appointment with THISDAY to pursue my other interests,” Mr. Kolawole said in a text message he sent to friends and associates. “I will however continue to write my Sunday column and serve on the newspaper’s editorial board on a part time basis.”

Insiders in the company said there had been reconciliatory moves between the THISDAY publisher and Mr. Kolawole in the past few days.

To pacify Mr. Kolawole, Mr. Obaigbena reportedly asked his former editor to go away with a brand new Audi official car given to him about a month ago “without paying a kobo to the company.”



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