- The northern chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria has threatened to secede if Abbo is removed as patron
- This comes amidst backlash over his appointment as patron of the guild
- Recall the senator was involved in a physical assault scandal on a woman at an adult store
Earlier on, Legit.ng reported on the mixed reactions that trailed Senator Elisha Abbo's appointment as patron of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) by its president, Emeka Rollas.
Following the continuous demand for Abbo's removal, the northern chairman of the AGN has threatened to split from the association if the appointment of the senator as a patron is withdrawn.
Speaking with Daily Trust, the chairman of the Adamawa state chapter, Jimi Lot said Abbo was appointed because of his philanthropic nature in the north, adding that he is not guilty of the assault until proven so by the court.
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Lot also stated that the northern actors will leave the association and form a new one if Abbo is removed as patron.
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Lot said: “Even Jesus forgives so why wouldn’t Nigerians accept Senator Abbo’s apologies and forgive him over the assault.
The guild is not going to withdraw the appointment. We the northern actors will not agree on this and will not take this if the guild tries to do otherwise. If they attempt to do that, we are going to secede. The northern actors will break up from the guild and form our own in the north, since our choice cannot be respected.”
Recall that veteran Nollywood actress Hilda Dokubo had taken to social to media to uphold her stand on the removal of Nigerian senator, Abbo, as a patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria after he was appointed by Rollas.
Dokubo’s recent video came shortly after the AGN president responded to her first social media post in which she called for the immediate removal of the senator; noting that he can never represent her.
Kate Henshaw also called out AGN for making Abbo its patron. The talented actress re-posted Dokubo's video on her Instagram page and called out the AGN president, Emeka Rollas, for his decision to make Abbo a patron of the respected body.
Meanwhile, Rollas reacted after he received backlash for making Abbo a patron of the guild. In an interview with Plus TV, Rollas defended Abbo’s appointment.
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