BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
The formation of the caretaker committee of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) headed by Steve Eboh has been at the centre of controversy for a while now with both the Emeka Ike and Ibinabo Fiberesima factions disowning the committee.
The caretaker committee was formed by a group known as AGN stakeholders to restore stability to the guild and conduct fresh elections in coming months. Both factions denied prior knowledge of the committee’s formation.
The chairman of the committee, Steve Eboh has come out to say that both Emeka Ike and Ibinabo Fiberesima and their parties knew about the committee and that contrary to both Ibinabo and Emeka’s claims, the AGN does NOT have a president at the moment.
Eboh said this in an exclusive interview with HVP and mentioned that the sole purpose of the committee was to move the AGN forward and restore peace and stability in the guild.
“The emergence of this committee is the best thing to happen to AGN because its mandate is just to resuscitate AGN and conduct elections,” he said.
“I don’t know why Ibinabo and Emeka Ike are afraid of the Caretaker Committee. The essence of the caretaker committee is to reconcile warring factions of the guild, stay in power for some time, conduct fresh elections and ensure that the guild moves forward again. And some people are not happy with the development. Some of them have lost their relevance in the guild. They want to remain in power, meaning that there is something they are not telling us. If this caretaker committee was set up by either Ibinabo, Emeka Ike or BoT, they wouldn’t be kicking against it.
“But because it’s set up by the stakeholders, they don’t want to identify with the caretaker committee. Before now, they have been calling me names. The court sacked Ibinabo, and Emeka Ike has never been the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. Now, he’s laying claims to the presidency of the guild. Emeka Ike has not been able to tell us who voted him as the president of AGN.”
“The same goes to Ibinabo, who is yet to tell us what legal mandate she has over AGN now. The court has nullified her election as the president of the guild, and she has appealed against the judgment. Legally, does it make her relevant? No. Section 4 of the judgment instructed Ibinabo to hand over the guild to the stakeholders. And the stakeholders have come together to take over their guild. They set up a caretaker committee and mandated the committee to reconcile warring factions as well as conduct fresh election.
“They are kicking against the move. I want to ask them, what do they really want? They don’t want a united Actors Guild of Nigeria. Rather, they want the division to continue so they can continue to gain. That’s selfish interest and we wouldn’t condone it. The caretaker committee must work according to the mandate given to us.” No matter what anybody says, we are working to achieve unity and progress in AGN. It’s a task that must be carried out and fulfilled whether they like it or not. We are ready for them now.
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