A number of celebrities from the worlds of music, film, and comedy are working to ensure that their preferred presidential candidates win the presidency of the United States in 2023.
Some of the biggest stars, though, appear to be undecided.
According to Naijacrawl, the majority of celebrities who have chosen to express interest in the upcoming presidential election are either endorsing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the flagbearer for the All Progressives Congress, APC, or Peter Obi, the candidate for the Labour Party.
Several of the celebrities were clearly visible at recent rallies in Lagos State in support of Obi and Tinubu.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) leadership issued a warning on September 24 stating that its members endorsing political candidates do not represent the interests of the organization. Nevertheless, many actors have continued to support their candidates.
Remember that Mr. Ibu and other Nollywood stars supported the former governor of Lagos State before the primary elections? They included Harry B Anyanwu and John Ikechukwu Okafor.
A video on social media showed the duo openly drumming support for Tinubu, saying he has really impacted on people and deserves to be president of the country.
The comic actor, Ibu, was, however, slighted by Peter Obi during a rally in Jos, Plateau State a few months ago, also drumming support for the former Anambra Governor.
Several performing artists, including Zark Orji, Jide Kosoko, Gentle Jack, and about 21 other actors, were listed in the 422-member Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling party.
Similarly, veteran Nollywood actors Kanayo O. Kanayo and Kenneth Okonkwo, amongst other top celebrities, have declared their support for the Labour Party’s candidate Peter Obi.
Peter and Paul Okoye of the P-Square and other music stars have openly declared their support for Obi as they continue to mobilize support for him.
Aside the singer and DMW boss, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, who played a great role in the emergence of Ademola Adeleke as the Osun State Governor recently, some top celebrities, including Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face, Tiwa Savage, Ayodeji Balogun, known as Wizkid, and others, have remained silent.
Also, notable movie stars, including, Nkem Owoh, Yul and Peter Edochie, Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson, Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as Mama G and several others seem to be working underground for their preferred candidates.
However, an Abuja-based music producer, John K., who spoke to Naijacrawl on Thursday, said Davido may be working for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“Davido is a PDP supporter and we don’t expect him to be working for a candidate of another party. He is very close to Atiku and he can’t leave him for another candidate, "he said.
Mr. John called on Nigerians to ensure that they vote intelligently in 2023, stressing that any mistake by the electorate may cost the nation another four years of stagnation.
For me, I am obedient, but I pray we don’t vote for the wrong people this time because Nigeria can’t afford to make that mistake again. It is time to take back our country, "he said.