Weeks after declaring his intention to run for the governorship position in Anambra state, Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has picked up his party's nomination form.
Yul Edochie openly declared his intention to participate in the upcoming Anambra gubernatorial elections on July 14, and hasn't looked back since then.
The actor who is the son of veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie has been campaigning a lot via social media, addressing Anambra people in videos from time to time.
According to posts shared via his Instagram page, Yul who turned 35 recently, was at the Democratic People's Congress (DCP) party headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, on Tuesday, August 22, to pick up his nomination form, proving he means business.
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Speaking to Premium Times in a phone interview, Yul reportedly confirmed the event, stating that he was on a mission to "liberate the people of Anambra state." He said:
“My nomination form event, as anticipated, amassed a large number of Igbo youth who are pledging allegiance to their 35-year-old gubernatorial aspirant; which is my humble self.”
Asked why he decided to run for governor, Yul said:
“Politicians have failed us. So, I am in the race to touch the lives of Anambra people positively. The people are tired of stories. The Anambra youth have an opportunity to show Nigerians if truly they feel it’s their time to rule or not.
It’s time for the youth to take over. Old ways can never open new doors. Always remember that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. The problems of Anambra people have come to the last bus stop.
I want to become the next governor of Anambra State because I want to reduce poverty in the state, create jobs and rescue the future of the youth. I joined the race to harness the creative potentials of the youths and the resource-endowment of Anambra to move the state to the next level of development. I will also ensure the provision of infrastructure and development of critical sectors in the state is my agenda if elected.”
When asked why he chose a rather 'unpopular' party, he said:
“DPC is a youth-oriented party and leadership of the party is made up of youth. Their ideals also align with mine so I have no doubts that I’m in the right party. I don’t have to belong to a popular political party to win an election.”
When asked if his father supports his decision, Yul said:
“You know my father is not a politician so you don’t expect him to publicly declare his support for me. But I can tell you that he has given me his blessings and he is also proud of my boldness.”
When asked if he will stop acting should he win, he said:
“It will not stop my acting career at all. I intend to combine both roles effectively. However, I’m willing to jettison acting to face governance for four years should it be required of me. An actor also has a right to contest for public office like every other citizen of Nigeria. So, I think the fact that I’m an actor is a major plus not a setback.”
He shared some videos from the event, see below:
Kudos to him!
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