Following her 5-year jail sentence embattled Nollywood actress, IbinaboFiberesima suffered yet another blow as the Federal High Court stripped her of her title as the President Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) earlier in the week.
National Secretary of the AGN, Femi Durojaiye made this known in a statement which read: “The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, this morning 23/3/2016 at the application and argument of Counsel to Actors Guild of Nigeria, Barr. Peter AndorOboyi, struck out Ibinabo’s and BOT suit challenging the nullification of her election to the Presidency of AGN and also challenging the legitimacy of the Presidency of Emeka Ike and his Exco. The implication of this judgement is that Engr. Emeka Ike led Exco remain the only authentic and lawful leaders of Actors Guild of Nigeria.”
It can be recalled that Ibinabo and Emeka Ike have been at each other’s necks for months in their battle for Presidency of the Guild.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, the actor talks Ibinabo’s incarceration and his role in it, the nullification of her election as president of the body, and more.
Read excerpts below:
On Ibinabo’s current predicament…
“My victory at the court has nothing to do with Ibinabo’s predicament. This case is different and if Ibinabo is going to go to jail for my own case, they should come and beg me. Instead of them to come and beg me, they are still going to the press to say all sorts of rubbish about me. There is still a second jail term for Ibinabo. It is called contempt of court and it would also include SegunArinze. People have threatened to kill me but I am not scared of them. I am waiting for them and I would look them in the face and tell them that they are evil and I am righteous….
His thoughts on her incarceration…
“How can I be happy that Ibinabo has been sentenced to jail? I feel very bad. The people saying that I am happy about the sentence are actually Ibinabo’s enemies. This is a lady that was used because of the powers she could garner and control. Some people were using her and now that they have messed her up, they are still using her in prison. Ibinabo would never say that Emeka Ike sent her to jail, it is impossible because she knows why she is there. What I was only telling Nigerians is that people of Ibinabo’s status do not contest for any public office. Should we stop telling the truth? She had a criminal issue in court. Let’s leave sentiments, we have to be realistic…
In an interesting twist, Public Relations Officer of the Ibinabo-led AGN, Moji Oyetayo has faulted the statement by Femi Durojaiye.According to her, the case did not involve Emeka Ike neither did the judgement validate him as the President of AGN.
She said: “The statement making rounds purportedly issued by one Femi Durojaiye who claims to be the National Secretary of the Actors Guild of Nigeria is a misinterpretation of justice and is capable of causing chaos in our noble Guild. Our application for stay of execution in the judgement for the case between St. Maradona and AGN at the Federal High Court Lagos was dismissed yesterday. 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 and we have up to 30days to file another motion for the stay of execution as granted by the Federal High Court. Our application was not dismissed for lack of merit but as a result of some mistakes in the filing process. Why all the hues and cries? People should not be too desperate for power without being sensitive to the mood of the Guild members who are in prayer mood praying fervently for God’s intervention over the unjust predicament of President IbinaboFiberesima. After all, we are professional actors and not politicians. The struggle to lay claim to power at all cost is tarnishing our reputation.”
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