The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has reacted to developments regarding its members endorsing political aspirants ahead of the 2023 general election.
AGN Speaks On Actors Endorsing Political Aspirants
The AGN said members who engage in political endorsement of candidates do not represent the interest of the organisation.
This was contained in a communique issued after a “crucial meeting” of the guild’s national executive committee.
Kanyi Daily understands that several actors have been singing the praises of and endorsing their preferred candidates.
According to the AGN, actors are at liberty to endorse or promote any presidential candidate of their choice but cannot do so under the guise of representing the collective interest of the association.
“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,” it said.
“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.”
President of the AGN, Emeka Rollas, urged the members of the guild to take into cognizance the manifesto of political aspirants for the creative industry, especially on how to develop Nollywood before giving their support.
He called on all presidential aspirants to present blueprints on how to develop the creative industry in general.
Recall that Nollywood veteran actor, Zack Orji had in July this year, declared his support/endosed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Orji argued that the former Lagos State governor will transform the country’s economy.