BY ESE DIBEBI
The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has announced that controversial Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike will act as the guild’s interim president until a unified election is conducted in two years’ time. pending its elections.
National Treasurer of the guild, St. Maradona J. Mikevine, told journalists on Monday in Lagos that there was a need to set the records straight as regards who the recognized head of the guild is.
“It has become germane, expedient and imperative for me to call this Press Conference to clear the air and set the record straight in respect of the above subject matter and the leadership crisis rocking Actors Guild of Nigeria,” Mikevine said.
He continued, “Since the judgement on March 16, 2015 that sacked Ibinabo Fiberesima as president of AGN and also dissolved members of the BOT and the subsequent dismissal of the appeal cum Stay-of-execution by Ibinabo and the former BOT on March 23, 2016, I have been inundated with calls from well-meaning Nigerians, Nollywood stakeholders, politicians, Media Editors, security agencies to clarify issues and point the way forward as to who I have endorsed to lead Actors Guild of Nigeria since the judgement directly mentions my name as the plaintiff.”
“Because of the Ibinabo-led faction, the dissolved BOT members and some stakeholders in Nollywood are still finding it difficult to obey the judgement of a competent court of Jurisdiction and accept the current reality that power has changed hands in AGN. To this end, our victory at the court should NOT be interpreted or perceived as a victory for me but a victory for Emeka Ike and his executives.”
Mikevine then went on to announce that, “in trying to point the way forward I propose that since the parties involved in the leadership crisis; Segun Arinze and Ibinabo Fiberesima have both ruled AGN for two years each, it will only be proper in the interest of peace, justice, fairness and good conscience for Emeka Ike, his state and national executives to be allowed to assume the leadership of Actors Guild of Nigeria for two legitimately in compliance with the court judgement after which a unified election can now be conducted.
The guild’s national secretary called for the cooperation of Nollywood and the Nigerian public.