Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie recently announced his intention to run for the governorship position in his native Anambra State.
In a recent interview with Premium Times, the actor gave reasons why he is planning to go into politics.
Edochie said, ‘My nomination form event, as anticipated, amassed a large number of Igbo youth who are pledging allegiance to their 35-year-old gubernatorial aspirant; which is my humble self.
‘Politicians have failed us. So, I am in the race to touch the lives of Anambra people positively.
‘The people are tired of stories. The Anambra youth have an opportunity to show Nigerians if truly they feel it’s their time to rule or not.’
Yul Edochie continued, ‘It’s time for the youth to take over. Old ways can never open new doors.
‘Always remember that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. The problems of Anambra people have come to the last bus stop.
‘I want to become the next governor of Anambra State because I want to reduce poverty in the state, create jobs and rescue the future of the youth.
‘I joined the race to harness the creative potentials of the youths and the resource-endowment of Anambra to move the state to the next level of development.
‘I will also ensure the provision of infrastructure and development of critical sectors in the state is my agenda if elected,’ he added.
He allayed fears saying this project will not derail his Nollywood involvement.
‘It will not stop my acting career at all. I intend to combine both roles effectively. However, I’m willing to jettison acting to face governance for four years should it be required of me.
‘An actor also has a right to contest for public office like every other citizen of Nigeria. So, I think the fact that I’m an actor is a major plus not a setback,’ he said.
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