- Peter Obi continues to get the support of most Nigerian entertainers ahead of the 2023 presidential election
- The latest thespian to join the train is a veteran Nollywood actor and movie producer, Mr. Tony Umez
- The Nigerian actor said the Labour Party candidate has always been saying the right things and has done the right things in the past
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Umez made known his choice in an interview with BBC, adding that he would vote for the former Anambra state governor in next year's polls.
Giving reasons for the endorsement, the Nigerian actor said the Labour Party candidate has always been saying the right things and has done the right things in the past.
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“Some think it’s their birthright to rule. I don’t know where that [came from]. If I would vote tomorrow, I’d vote for Peter Obi.
“I’m not saying he’s a good man. But he’s saying the right things and has done the right things.
“There is much rage right now. Nigeria is blessed with great human and natural resources but we’ve not been blessed with good leadership.
“The young ones are angry about how things turned out. There are some people that have been thrown up that I feel are not credible enough to rule us.
“Poverty has been so weaponised, people sell their votes. I think if you’re part of a problem, you can’t be part of the solution.”
He criticized the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, while denouncing what he called “sit-tight rulership” in Africa.
“The people you saw when you were much younger are still same people in leadership today; there’s this sit-tight-ism in Africa.
”Looking at this present government by all these indices, how would you grade this government? For me, sub-zero.
“Maybe they’ve done some things. But whatever you do that doesn’t impact positively on the citizenry, it’s nonsense.”
2023: APGA chieftain endorses Peter Obi as Nigeria's next president
In a related development, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from Imo state, Chijioke Uzomba has endorsed Obi as the next president of Nigeria.
Speaking to Legit.ng on his decision, Uzomba said:
“I, Chijioke Ndudi Uzomba has made my choice of a candidate for the No1 position in the country and he is in the person of Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
“Having looked at all the contestants, Mr. Peter Obi checks all my criteria for a developmental compliant leader with vision, tenacity and will power to make our dear country Great again.
“I will also be actively involved in his campaigns and electioneering processes at all levels within my capacity.”
The former APGA House of Assembly candidate in Ideato south state constituency in Imo state urged Nigerians to rid themselves of the politics of nepotism and bias on which political party they should support ahead of the 2023 polls.
“Kindly examine their character and consider the general interests of Nigeria and Nigerians when choosing a favorite. Do not be swayed by your personal interests, do not be carried away.”
Nnamdi Kanu: Nollywood actress warns against continued detention of IPOB leader
On her part, veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has warned against the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Edochie who has been a vocal supporter of the IPOB leader, said in a social media post that Nigeria will never know peace if Kanu continues to be detained by federal authorities.
She also said no southeast person will not win the presidency unless Kanu is released from custody.
Elder statesman Mbazulike Amechi dies at 93
Meanwhile, Mbazulike Amechi, the first aviation minister and strong member of the Zikist movement, recently passed away.
The elder statesman died at the age of 93 on Tuesday morning, November 1 in his hometown at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government of Anambra state.