Megastar Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has reacted to the recent distribution of food items, rice, by the politicians of Ekiti State as a part of their campaign ahead of June 21 governorship elections.
* Nigerian voters in Ekiti State, western Nigeria queuing for 8 bowls of rice ahead of the upcoming Governorship election in the state on 21 June, 2014. Photo credit – Bamidele Olowosagba’s Facebook
The screen diva and social activist described these actions as “shameful act”, urged the citizens to rise against such manipulations by stakeholders and political office seekers.
* Ekiti State University student smiling with a bag of rice from ex Governor Ayo Fayose. Photo credit – PremiumTimes
Omosexy expressed her anger and irritation by the situation during her speech at a special fund-raising dinner titled Enough is Enough’s (EiE) Register, Select, Vote and Protect, R.S.V.P. in Lagos on June 12, 2014, Thursday.
The actress tagged the politicians as shameless, but, at the same time, warned the people against selling their votes and rights.
“We can all laugh at the pictures and say oh my God, look at this stupid people, but you know you are sitting down and not doing anything. Remember that your grandmother is also there. And they are insulting her with the cups of rice. If your grandmother is not there, her cousin is there,” she added.
Omotola emphasised that said Nigerians should not consider themselves as followers, because to lead also means to influence someone.
Though the actress abstained from mentioning any particular name, it was obvious that she had attributed this part of her speech to some controversial photos from Ekiti pre-elections gatherings, given above.
The incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, has allegedly financed serving cooked rice to his guests. His main challenger Ayo Fayose responded by sharing bags of rice with his supporters.
The recent EiE event in Lagos also had Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw and an entrepreneur Kola Oyeneyin as hosts, while soul singer Timi Dakolo entertained guest with his wonderful vocals.
According to its website, Enough is Enough Nigeria, a coalition of individuals and youth-led organizations, committed to a culture of good governance and public accountability, said the fundraising dinner will provide an opportunity for the organization’s supporters, volunteers, and staff to mingle, have fun, and renew their commitment to the non-partisan group’s mission.
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