Following the news that Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike has emerged as the new president of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), replacing former president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, who is was sent to jail last month over a case of murder but was eventually granted bail, it has been reported that he cannot take over the reins of leadership just yet as there has been no election.
Having been in a legal battle with Ibinabo over AGN leadership, Emeka’s faction had gotten a court injunction that proscribed the Ibinabo Fiberesima-led AGN and as soon as it got the judgement the faction took over power. According to the court order which was made public in a statement issued by the National Secretary of the Guild, Femi Durojaiye, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ruled that Ibinabo should vacate the seat of AGN president while Emeka Ike takes over as the new president.
However, in a recent statement signed by, Abubacar Yaqub, AGN secretary-general, the Guild said:
“The Actors Guild of Nigeria wishes to react to the statement making the rounds that the court has declared Emeka Ike president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
“The statement is totally a misinterpretation of the judgement capable of causing chaos in our noble guild. Our application for a stay of execution of the judgment of a case between St. Maradona and AGN at the Federal High Court Lagos was dismissed on 23/3/2016. It has nothing to do with Emeka Ike and his cohorts. It’s a complete misinformation and distortion of facts, borne out of desperation to cause confusion in the guild.
“There is an appeal on the same judgement pending at the appeal court, we have equally started the process of filing another motion for the stay of execution at the appeal court. Our application was not dismissed for lack of merit but as a result of some mistakes in judicial process. Why all the hues and cries? The appeal is ongoing; besides Emeka Ike never went through any electoral process to become president of AGN. How can one become president without standing for elections? The struggle to lay claim to power at all cost is tarnishing our reputation.”
From the goings-on in the AGN, it is obvious that it is a house divided against itself.