CREATIVE Industry Group Led By Duke Endorses Atiku
By Charles Okogene/ONNLive
As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was busy addressing a mamonth crowd in Portharcourt, the Rivers State capital, on why they should vote for its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Saturday, February 16 2019 presidential election, a group of entertainers on the platform of Creative Industry, were in Lagos declaring their unalloyed support for him.
The group made up of time tested entertainers and their youthful counterparts and led by Mr. Felix Duke, converged on Whitehouse Hotel, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, to declare their support for the former Vice President.
In his speech, Mr. Duke said that they have gone through the manifestoes of all the presidential candidates and are convinced that only Atiku and his party, has something for the creative industry if elected into power.
“After a thorough assessment of the policy documents published by some of the presidential candidates for the 2019 elections and their plans for the creative industry, we concluded that the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, provided the best strategies and solutions to the numerous challenges facing the creative sector, based on this assertion , the CREATIVE Industry Group, hereby declare Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the group’s choice candidate in the forthcoming election,” he said.
According to him, “for many years, the Creative sector has been ignored by past governments in spite of this, the sector remains number one job provider for the youths of this country, followed by agriculture. Locally, corporate entities and conglomerates are dishing out billions of naira yearly just to sign endorsement deals with some of our home grown talents in the music and film industries.”
He, however, regretted that with the success the sector had achieved, locally and internationally, the industry remained unstructured and creative works were still been heavily pirated. He then encouraged his colleague to come together so they speak in one voice against the pirates in the industry.
Others who spoke at the event were Mr. Zeb Ejiro, Emeka Ossai. Also present were Sunny Macdon, Chico Ejiro and others.
It will be recalled that a section of the industry’s practitioners have also met with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, previously and pledged their support to his candidature and that of President Muhammandu Buhari of the All Progressives Candidate.