Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko has revealed that the reason he is supporting the presidential aspiration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is because he once benefitted from him.
His revelation is coming after he and some actors of Yoruba extraction such as Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri and Funke Daramola-Salako, openly declared their support for Tinubu: an action that has continued to receive massive backlash online.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH’s Saturday Beats, Kosoko said:
“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.”