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Blessed Be The Patient Wife…Late Dr Ajayi’s Estate–What Helen Prest’s ‘Interim’ Court Victory Means For Oluwayemisi, His Estranged Wife

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Blessed Be The Patient Wife…Late Dr Ajayi’s Estate–What Helen Prest’s ‘Interim’ Court Victory Means For Oluwayemisi, His Estranged Wife

Blessed Be The Patient Wife…Late Dr Ajayi’s Estate–What Helen Prest’s ‘Interim’ Court Victory Means For Oluwayemisi, His Estranged Wife
September 12
15:48 2021

The truth nobody will tell deceased’s first wife, Oluwayemisi

• As court grants ex-Miss Nigeria 50% of late husband’s assets, stepchildren dismiss ruling as a farce

The sweet blooms of patience and the passage of time often glorifies the wise more than intolerance and fury. Had she known this, Oluwayemisi, Dr Tosin Ajayi’s estranged wife, would have embraced the wise counsel of reason and enduring peace with her former husband.

Had she known that, she would suddenly fall in love with the wealth and assets that her estranged husband left behind, at his demise, she would have done everything to save her marriage, and remain his beloved sweetheart irrespective of the circumstances. But she let the pall of rage and discontent colour her wedlock, casting it into terminal darkness.

Enter Helen Prest-Ajayi. The former Miss Nigeria arrived to profit in the lacuna left by Oluwayemisi, in the life of the doctor and founder of the First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited.

Dr Ajayi and Helen Prest had a robust relationship which produced a beautiful daughter, Tomisin. While their marriage lasted, the couple kept faith in each other oft appearing inseparable in public and private. Even at his death bed, Helen was at Dr Ajayi’s bedside.

But no sooner did he die than trouble erupted between his first wife, Oluwayemisi and Helen Prest. After bickering over the right to bury the deceased, a court finally ruled that both women should jointly bury their late husband.

At the burial, there was commotion at the graveside over the dust to dust rite. Disagreement over the order of performing the rite led to a scuffle, with both parties fighting for the shovel.

Subsequent bickering over the late doctor’s estate made the news as both women fought to assume control of his assets. The quest to assume control of the late doctor’s assets subsequently became the thrust of litigation between the warring wives.

However, as the battle intensified, Helen Prest sought solace in the wisdom of the ancients, having learnt that you never appreciate anything if you get it too easily. Knowing this, Helen Prest chose to move slowly, bidding providence in her strides, that fate may plod behind her like a submissive ox.

The former Miss Nigeria knew it was only a matter of time before her fabled beauty paled and dithered like a tired mare, and she gets written off as yet another has-been. Thus she kept faith with providence, seducing its charge by forbearance and submission to its elements.

Eventually, her patience paid off and she got what she had faithfully sought over the years: justice. Recently, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos declared that the former Miss Nigeria is entitled to 50 per cent of the net assets of her late husband, Dr Tosin Ajayi.

Justice Tijjani Ringim gave the ruling on Tuesday in a suit by Tomisin Ajayi and Helen Prest-Ajayi as the first and second applicants, which was filed through their counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN).

The first to fourth respondents in the suit were the First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited owned by the late Dr Tosin Ajayi; Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission; Mrs Oluwayemisi Ajayi; and Mr Patrick Abak, a lawyer.

The judge granted the 13 reliefs sought by the applicants following the respondents’ failure to controvert them.

They include that Prest-Ajayi is “entitled to 50 per cent (or so much as the court may sanction upon audit and valuation) constituting the net assets of the firm, after satisfying all just taxes and debts as family and investment partner of Dr Tosin Ajayi from 1996 till 26 April, 2020 to the exclusion of Oluwayemisi Ajayi, among others.

Justice Ringim also held, “Despite the service of processes filed on the respondents and affidavits of service duly filed in court, the respondents failed to use the opportunity afforded to them by law to controvert the averment of the plaintiff in the affidavits.

“However, it is a settled law that evidence not controverted is deemed admitted. All the reliefs sought in this application are hereby granted as prayed.”

According to the application, Dr Ajayi was a renowned medical doctor, businessman and philanthropist before his demise on April 26, 2020.

He was married to Oluwayemisi and they had children but were separated for 35 years before his demise.

In the course of the separation, he married former Miss Nigeria, Helen Prest-Ajayi and they had a child who lived with Dr Ajayi until his demise.

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