Thursday, August 24, 2017 11:07 am
The prolonged crisis rocking the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has finally come to an end following a peace agreement reached between the factions of Emeka Ike and that of Ibinabo Fiberesima at the 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Conference held Tuesday in Enugu by the AGN. While Emeka Ike lost the leadership, Emeka Rollas emerged the new helmsman
The congress then decided to set up a Government of National Unity of which Amb. Emeka Ike insisted that his group and that of Ibinabo be allowed to lead the GNU until a new election is conducted else the peace him and Ibinabo have embraced will be reverted.
His view was met with stiff opposition from the congress who said they were tired of being led by the two factions. They resolved that both factions should step down and a new leadership be forestalled.
This again did not go down well with Emeka who threatened to return the whole process to the status quo if he was not allowed to run the AGN.
There was impasse until the BOT decided to put it into voting. It was concluded that Emeka whose faction argued that his involvement will help harness the peace process be allowed to stand for an election. He submitted two lists, his and that of Ibinabo as the candidates that should run the Government of National Unity, an interim government for a fixed period.
Then an election was conducted using the names in the two lists. Emeka Ike had nominated himself in his own list to run for president while the other list brought out Emeka Rollas for the post.
In an open election conducted using the delegates, Emeka Ike lost in the election, polling 12 votes as against 42 polled by Emeka Rollas.
For the past 12 years, the guild has been bedeviled in a leadership crisis, resulting in the dismissal of its National President, Ibinabo Fiberesima last year by the court, following a suit filed against her re-election by St. Maradona Mikevine, a veteran Nollywood actor. The actor who was the National Treasurer in the election that ushered in Amb. Emeka Ike, as AGN president was not happy with the happenings in Ibinabo’s period as figurehead.
Mikevine had argued in his suit that the election that introduced Ibinabo into the system was done pending a subsisting court order containing the conduct of an AGN election, with Amb. Emeka Ike filing the initial suit.
Emeka Ike had been battling for the leadership of the guild since 2005, after the tenure of Ejike Asiegbu as National President of the guild expired.
Agenda of the summit, according to an insider is how to chart a new direction for the association.
There was jubilation from the members of the AGN who participated in the election and those who acted as observers as a new president emerged out of the troubles rocking the guild for years.
The Director of Golden Valley Hotel and sponsor of the conference, Chief Amb. Joel Ugwuoke admonished the new exco to avoid the conflicts in leadership and to live up to the expectation of the AGN, if the industry is to compete for a better and enhanced position in the global arena.
On his part, the new president of the GNU, an interim government under the umbrella of the AGN, Emeka Rollas said his two year term as leader of the guild would be full of positive reforms, stressing that he will work with all aggrieved parties for a better AGN.