BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood actor, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey has threatened to leave the umbrella body for Nollywood actors in Nigeria, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) if plans to remove the incumbent president, Ibinabo Fiberesima succeeds.
Speaking in an interview with Pulse, Bassey said he was not alone in the departure plan as many others would “dissociate ourselves from the guild if they succeed in kicking Ibinabo out of office without thorough and convincing investigation and due process.”
A Lagos court, it will be recalled, declared Fiberesima’s presidency illegal saying the election that brought her into office was conducted against court order and that “all parties should maintain status quo.”
Bassey said, “For me, I think it is really strange, I think Ibinabo is a maverick, who has done and outdone herself. I have known her long before she came into the industry and personally, I also know she has also been a sacrificial person and that quality is what she has brought to play as the president of the guild on AGN platform.”
“I don’t know what is playing out right now, I don’t know whether it has to do with media representation but the facts of the matter is that Ibinabo was never in contention with Emeka Ike. Emeka Ike had his own situation with Segun Arinze and Segun Arinze had reigned and passed on the baton, so I don’t see where Ibinabo is involved, I can’t imagine why the court would look at that or if the court has been used but we are all sitting back and watching unless the court is planning to destroy the actors guild.”