Nollywood actor’s name, Oworu Abiodun, appeared to be missing on the Independent National Electoral Commission’s list of candidates for State Assembly amid his declaration of interest for seat in Lagos Legislative Chamber.
The 28-year old member of popular family series, The Johnsons, stirred controversy yesterday as he took to his Twitter and Instagram page to declare his interest in Surulere Constituency seat under the aegis of Labour Party.
“As someone with a passion for youth development, it is on this note I tender myself in service…” Oworu
According to him, his passion for youth development was the motivational factor behind his declaration of interest.
“It is with a sense of honour and duty that I announce my candidacy for membership of The Lagos State House of Assembly -Surulere Constituency 1 on the platform of The Labour Party.
“The youth of this generation in Nigeria are more politically aware than ever and are now striving to have our voices heard and take part in the government process of the great country.
“As someone with a passion for youth development, it is on this note that I tender myself in service to play my part in the actualization of an all inclusive government, where the young Nigerian intellectuals have a chance to make a change by being a part of the move for the creation of a new Nigeria. Thank you for your support. A new Nigeria is possible.” Oworu had posted on his Instagram page yesterday.
Meanwhile, a fact-check on his eligibility by Blackbox Nigeria, however, revealed that his name was not on the list of qualified candidates released by INEC.
Clash of the Nollywoods
As contained in INEC’s list, the candidate representing Labour Party for the seat currently held by fellow Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, was 47-year old Adebayo Bode.
While little was known of the man on INEC’s list, Oworu had taken the social media by storm yesterday as he made his interest known to members of the public- an action which generated several reactions from popular entertainers and actors such as Falz the Bahd Guy, Mr. Macaroni, Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki), Sam Ajibola, Steve Chucks, and many others.
His interest is perceived by most people as clash of the Nollywoods considering the fact that the seat Oworu is vying for is currently held by his senior colleague in the industry, Desmond Elliot Tutu, who is also seeking for a third term in office.