BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
No crisis uhn?
Some days ago, a caretaker committee was set up by “stakeholders” of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) with Steve Eboh appointed as the head of the committee. The committee was said to have been set up to supervise the activities of the committee and conduct fresh elections to appoint new leaders of the guild.
However, the National Secretary of the guild under leadership of Ibinabo Fiberesima, Abubakar Yakub, has come out to disown the said committee and maintained that Ibinabo Fiberesima was still the president of the guild. He said in a statement to HVP that the court ruling that appointed Emeka Ike as the president was being appealed therefore Ibinabo will remain president until the final judgement is given by the Supreme Court.
“The matter between St. Maradona Mclive Johnson and AGN which judgement was pronounced by the Justice T.S Tshoho of the Federal High Court Lagos on March 16, March 2015 is a subject of appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal Lagos, no: Ca/l/498/16. Until final judgement is given by the Supreme Court, if it takes us there, it will ever remain like that. Examples abound of how state governors were sacked by tribunals and even appeal courts but were never removed from office until Supreme Court gives it’s final judgment. Our States’ Executive Committees were not aware of the meeting including over 85% of State Chairmen across the country so the Chairmen that attended the said meeting did so on their individual capacity and not on behalf of their State AGN Chapters.
“The National and States’ Executive Committees as well as committed members are not deterred, in the face of all these provocations coming from one particular section of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. The National President is not also moved by all these distractions as she remains focused and committed to the welfare and well being of our members.
“She cannot be cowed out of office. We have respect for the rule of law and shall abide by the legal and constitutional process in order to entrench a lasting peace in our noble Guild. We urged our members to equally disregard the so called resolution which is aimed at satisfying the inordinate ambitions of disgruntled few in the guild.”
Emeka Ike has also disowned the caretaker committee but insisted that he is the only National President saying, “I have never set up or constituted any such body as the only ‘National President’ now, nor have I any boisterous relationship with the said stakeholders. AGN has no more crisis. Stop crying bereaved to start another crises, it has been properly resolved by a court of competent jurisdiction. Appeal does not have anything to do with the given órder’ until revoked. The judgement remains sacrosanct and the only expendable currency as it were in AGN right now. We have you all in mind and are working with other associations such as PMAN to bring structure and accountability to the industry.”