Patience Ozokwo backs Peter Obi for president

Veteran actress Patience Ozokwo has thrown her weight behind Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.

The 64-year-old declared her support for Obi on Monday at the unveiling of the the ‘Fund40MB Donation Campaign’ by the political group named 40Million Ballots Movements to support the Labour Party presidential candidate.

The leader of the group, Kennedy Iyere, described the initiative as a youth-driven 2023 ballot revolution. He said it was meant to raise funds for the actualisation of Obi’s presidency.

Iyere noted that the fundraising was to sustain the momentum and mobilise campaigns in support of Obi in the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking at the unveiling, Patience Ozokwo said that if Nigeria had got leadership right, her material resources and endowment would have made the country stand out in the comity of nations.

The movie star, popularly known as Mama G, claimed that celebrities were solidly behind Obi to provide the right leadership for the nation.

“We want anybody that loves Nigeria and wants everything good for Nigeria to please donate no matter how small. Children, youths and God want Obi.

“We have seen that Obi as a former governor is prudent with public funds and used same judiciously. He has credibility. We want him to come and change things and mend things,” she said.

The unveiling was also attended by the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, who spoke in his personal capacity and not for the Guild.

Mr Rollas said that many celebrities had stood aloof for long, unconcerned about politics.

The AGN president said that this had led to many challenges facing the industry and complaints by practitioners.

He threw his weight behind Obi’s presidential ambition and said that celebrities must be interested in making the nation work well for all and sundry.

Other celebrities in attendance include Klint De Drunk, John Okafor who is popularly known as Mr Ibu, Jerry Williams, Paul Obazele, Rita Arum, Joyce Kalu, Bishop Ime and Alex Osifo.