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Monday, August 28, 2017

Emeka Ike Sacked as Emeka Rollas Emerges New AGN President

It seems that actors in the AGN may finally be breathing a sigh of relief following an end to a leadership crisis that has plagued the organisation for years.
Emeka Ike (L), Emeka Rollas (R)

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.

The congress decided to set up a Government of National Unity of which Emeka Ike insisted that his group and that of Ibinabo be allowed to lead the GNU until a new election was conducted else the peace he and Ibinabo had embraced would 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 installed.

This again did not go down well with Emeka who threatened to return the whole process to status quo if he was not allowed to run the AGN.

There was impasse until the Board of Trustee, BOT decided to put it into voting. It was concluded that Emeka whose faction argued that his involvement would 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.

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.

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.

-  P.M News

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