Election 2015: Showbiz Interactive With President Jonathan

Election 2015: Showbiz Interactive With President Jonathan

It's less than two weeks before Nigerians go to the polls to elect those that would lead the country in the next four years.

At the presidential level, the two major candidates who have been adjudged by political analysts as favourites for the presidency are the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Both candidates have been holding political campaigns/rallies across the country in a bid to woo undecided voters to cast their votes in their favour.

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, in continuation of his interaction with Nigerians, President Jonathan had an interactive session with Nigerian celebrities at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites located on Lagos Island.

The event was attended by many stars of the Nigeria's entertainment industry.

Legit.ng brings you the key and exclusive updates from the event:

22:45 The interactive comes to an end. Thanks for staying with us. Good night, Nigeria!

22:38 Nigerian stars are declaring their support for the Nigerian troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorism in the North East.

22:25 Oritsafemi and D'Banj are now performing on stage.

22:17 The interactive goes on:

"If I travel with a some movie/music stars (outside Nigeria), people will not recognise me, but rather recognise them.

"I will not fail to appreciate the Nigerian film and music industry. They are so much appreciated all over.

"We have a vibrant private sector who are so passionate about encouraging Nigerian artistes.

"With your support, I will win the election. I hope you, artistes, will continue to support me and vote for me.

"I promise you all that in the next four years we will continue to support your effort."

22:11 Alibaba is now asking President Jonathan a question: "What we need is a proper structure that helps Nigerian artistes make money from our works."

"The government will encourage people to build more cinemas to wage war against piracy," Jonathan replies. "Piracy is just like armed robbery. We must continue to suppress piracy. Nigerian artistes must be able to work with government institutions to wage war against piracy."

22:09 Jonathan continues: "Nigerian artistes are not getting maximum benefits from their works. This is a problem to government. Security agencies are not giving piracy the attention it really deserves."

22:07 The president takes the opportunity to wish Nigerian women a happy Mother's Day.

22:00 President Goodluck Jonathan is now on stage!

"I see entertainment and sport as a unifying factor in Nigeria.

"The entertainment industry creates job for people. That is why we will continue to support them.

"We will move entertainment under Culture and Tourism Ministry, if that is what the practitioners want."

21:55 Famous Nigerian R & B singer, Timi Dakolo, performs at the interactive:

21:50 They made everyone laugh out loud today:

21:45 More personalities spotted:

21:41 Port Harcourt First Son, Duncan Mighty, is up next.

21:36 Famous Nigerian songstress Waje is now on stage:

21:32 "Buhari is older than Nigeria," comedian Gordons says.

Actually, President Jonathan too: born in 1957, when Nigeria was not an independent state.

21:25 Legit.ng continues its search for more and more celebs at the venue:

21:21 Popular comedian Funny Boy is now cracking jokes on stage at the interactive.

21:18 Music goes on with Kcee, the label-mate, joining Harrysong on stage, as both sing 'Take Over'.

21:16 Nollywood stars Monalisa Chinda and Kenneth Okonkwo exchange pleasantries at #ShowbizInteractiveWithGEJ:

21:12 Hip-hop artiste, Harrysong, aka Mr. Songz, is now on stage with his 'Beta Pikin' hit song.

21:10 From handsome guys to handsome girls:

21:08 Nollywood actor and model Alex Ekubo, and IK Ogbonna are spotted by our photographer:

21:05 Klint the Drunk gives an interview after performance & speech (read below).

21:01 The celebrities show their support to the army by wearing camouflaged items:

20:55 Nigerian football legend, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha, is in attendance.

20:53 Nigerian musician Sir Victor Uwaifo takes the stage.

20:44 Comedian Klint the Drunk is now on stage. The performer seems really honoured: "My father and my great grand father never met a council chairman. Now I am with Mr President."

"Goodluck Jonathan must return for second term for my second shoe to be completed," he added.

The comedian mocks the opposition, says his black attire is because he wants to cry for them after the elections.

20:42 Host of the night, Richard Mofe-Damijo, tells President Jonathan: "There are stars in the building, and we want to interact with you without protocols."

20:40 "Goodluck Jonathan we want, GEJ we need for Nigeria to be free!" Kimono says.

20:35 Orit Wiliki and Ras Kimono are now performing on stage. Righteousman joined. Everyone is on their feet waving the Nigerian flag.

20:33 Special Adviser to President Jonathan on New Media, Obi Asika, on the red carpet:

20:32 The national anthem is being led by gospel artist Sammie Okposo. Nollywood actress Liz Benso (now a pastor) further leads in a prayer at the event.

20:31 President Goodluck Jonathan is in the building.

20:30 Veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe Damijo is now on stage.

20:29 Nollywood actress Doris Simeone is in attendance:

20:28 Popular Nigerian reggae musicians Orit Wiliki and Ras Kimono:

20:19 Nollywood star Mike Ezuronye at #ShowbizInteractiveWithGEJ

20:12 King Sunny Ade now performing on stage.

SEE how the juju music maestro entered the venue:

20:08 Veteran actor Zack Orji is also in attendance:

20:02 Nollywood diva Rita Dominic is spotted at the red carpet. See her photo accompanied by another screen star, Hilda Dokubo:

The rehearsal of the evening event:

It would be noted that General Buhari, the main opponent of the incumbent president at the election, returned to Nigeria from his UK tour on March 6, 2015. He preferred to concentrate on zonal rallies ever since.

Source: Legit.ng

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