Emeka Rollas, the national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), has stated that members who support presidential candidates do not speak for the guild ahead of the 2023 election.
Emeka Rollas said this in a statement during a significant meeting of its national executive committee on Thursday, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
This comes after Nollywood actor Benedict Johnson, speaking for the whole industry, endorsed Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Benedict gave the former governor of Lagos State assurances that the whole Nollywood would support him at the most recent gathering of Nollywood celebrities.
In his words: “With your combination, I don’t think there is any defence that can stand them, sir, we the Nollywood, from Kannywood to Yorubahood and Igbohood are here today sir to tell you that they are hundred per cent behind you.”
The AGN president claims that while actors are free to support or advocate for any presidential candidate of their choosing, they are not allowed to do so while claiming to be acting in the association’s best interests.
Emeka continued by saying that political parties who speak with an individual actor on behalf of AGN about campaign marketing, rallies, or other political issues do so at their own risk.
The statement reads: “The AGN is a non-political and non-profit-making association. It is the right of individual members to campaign for, support, promote, and even endorse any aspirant of their choice.”
“Such an individual does not represent the interest of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and must not speak in a manner of representing or on behalf of the Guild. Any member who violates the order will be sanctioned accordingly.
“Any political party that discusses campaign promotion, rallies, and other political issues with an individual actor on behalf of the AGN does so at their own risk.”
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