Nollywood actor Jide Kosoko has admitted that he is backing Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s bid for the presidency on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because he once benefited from him.
His admission comes after he and several actors of Yoruba descent, including Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri, and Funke Daramola-Salako, publicly stated their support for Tinubu. This action has drawn a lot of criticism online and is still receiving it.
Kosoko said the following in an exclusive interview with Saturday Beats of The PUNCH:
“ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU IS NOT JUST A LEADER OF NOTE, HE IS A FATHER FIGURE AND BENEFACTOR.
“I HAVE BENEFITED FROM HIM AND HIS WIFE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FAMILY FOR A LONG TIME. HE IS A FOCUSED LEADER; A LEADER OF ALL LEADERS.
“HE HAS PERSONALLY DEVELOPED MANY PEOPLE IN OUR INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAD HEALTH CHALLENGES. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN ACTRESS, MOJI OLAIYA, DIED IN CANADA, HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAD TO WITH TRANSPORTING HER BODY BACK HOME.
“IF YOU OBSERVE HIS WIFE, YOU WILL SEE THAT SHE IS A VERY QUIET WOMAN THAT DOES A LOT FOR PEOPLE. I KNOW THE NUMBER OF SICK PEOPLE (IN THE INDUSTRY) THAT SHE HAS ALSO SENT MONEY TO.
“THE FILM INDUSTRY HAS ENJOYED TINUBU, AS HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO GIVE US SEVERAL HECTARES OF LAND IN BADAGRY TO CONSTRUCT A FILM VILLAGE.
“THE SUCCEEDING ADMINISTRATION GAVE US REASONS THE PLACE WAS NOT CONDUCIVE ENOUGH, AND IMMEDIATELY, AN EFFORT WAS MADE TO GIVE US ANOTHER PLACE IN EPE.”
Nigerians however have slammed the actor, accusing him of taking his political decision based on self-interest.
@Jerome Otu wrote: “Now we understand. You choose memories over competency, and you want to subject us into this. May God judge your motives.”
@Idara Rest wrote: “So it’s clear. Selfishness!! You all will regret using your platform to destroy the country.”
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