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2023: Actors Are At Liberty To Endorse Whoever They Deem Fit — AGN

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has stated that its members are free to endorse any candidate they deem fit in the forthcoming general elections in their individual capacity. The…

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has stated that its members are free to endorse any candidate they deem fit in the forthcoming general elections in their individual capacity. The association made this known via a press statement signed by McSmith Ochendo, Chairman, National Taskforce, Actors Guild of Nigeria.

It was gathered that the AGN released the statement in response to the utterance of Apostle Kassy Chukwu after he called out some Nollywood actors who paid a visit to a presidential aspirant, Senator Bola Tinubu.

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In a video that went viral, Apostle Kassy criticised the Nollywood actors that were, directly and indirectly, promoting Bola Tinubu as the next president of Nigeria. The cleric further said that the endorsement they were giving these politicians would be the end of them.

Reacting to the Apostle’s remark, the AGN in its statement noted that the actors that paid a visit to Tinubu went in their individual capacities and not as members of the AGN. The Guild further said that it is a personal choice for anyone to support who they deemed fit for the position of the presidency.

They said, “Our attention has been drawn to a trending video of one Apostle Kassy Chukwu, the self-acclaimed oracle of the nation. In the video, Apostle Kassy could be seen throwing curses and casting aspersions on some members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria who paid a courtesy visit to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He went further to deride the Nollywood industry, a sector that contributes over 5 per cent to the nation’s GDP.

“This is very offensive and demeaning to the Actors Guild of Nigeria. The individual actors who visited Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu do not represent the Actors Guild of Nigeria. As individual actors, they are at liberty to visit, promote and even endorse whoever they deem fit to occupy the highest office in the land.

He continued, “Actors Guild of Nigeria is a non-political and non-profit making association. It is an individual’s prerogative to support whoever they deem and it is not enough for one so-called man of God to castigate and call out the whole of NOLLYWOOD and their families.

“It baffles us that a man who claims to be a servant of God could be seen throwing curses on members and families of the entire Nollywood. It is highly libellous. We call on CAN/PFN and all other Christian bodies to call this nescience pastor and his Luciferous preaching to order. Enough is enough. NB. NO MAN HAS THE MONOPOLY OF CYBERBULLYING.”

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