By Our Reporter
African Democratic Congress (ADC), has offered entertainment stars, Innocent Idibia popularly known as TuBaba, Obianuju Catherine Udeh fondly called DJ Switch, Nollywood legend, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and soccer star, Ahmed Musa free tickets to run for any elective office of their choice during the 2023 general elections.
National Chairman of the party, Ralph Okey Nwosu made the pledge while receiving a certificate of endorsement as “the party for Nigerian youths and women” in the next election cycle, by the national youth leader of the party, Barrister Maurice Ebam.
Advancing reasons for the choice of the celebrities, Nwosu noted that entertainment stars have given back to the country more than today’s elected politicians.
He added that the stars can vie for governorship, senatorial or even the highest office in the land on ADC’s platform provided they meet the requirements stipulated in the 1999 constitution as amended, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, guidelines.
“Nigerian youths, women, men and People Living With Disabilities, PWDs, should occupy 75 percent of political leadership. To assure that this happens, African Democratic Congress will be pleased to offer TuFace, DJ Switch, Musa and Jalade-Ekeinde free tickets to contest election for any position they would like to serve in.
“The youths in entertainment, film, music and poetry, apart from being social influencers and crusaders, add more positive values and monetary resources to the economy than all the elected executives, legislators and their appointed minions at local councils, state and federal levels put together.’’
The party praised Musa for recently signing up to play for local side, Kano Pillars after many years in Europe and the Middle East, saying “signing for a Nigerian club elevates the Nigerian league beyond anything we can imagine.”
Nwosu counseled Nigerians to do away with the present political system, adding that “the old order and the current regime of elected persons in the executive and legislative political concourse of our country have reduced our cities, states and country to the poverty capital of the world.”
The event was attended by top party functionaries drawn from its different organs.