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Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun, Akande preview Bola Tinubu’s biopic, ‘Last Man Standing’

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s close allies, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ogun State counterpart, Governor Dapo Abiodun, have previewed Seun Oloketuyi’s latest biopic, Last Man Standing.

On Thursday, March 17, a select number of Asiwaju Tinubu’s associates were hosted to a private screening of the biopic in Abuja.

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Speaking on the event, Oloketuyi explained that the private screening was not part of the original plan.

“We had planned to simply hold a premiere at the end of March, but a lot of things informed this private screening. First was the fact that people were talking about the movie a lot and both cast and crew were worried over misinterpretation, misrepresentation or could even be maligned before it was made public. We also needed to be sure that we had gotten things right. Based on the remarks I got from Asiwaju’s close associates, people who know him well, have worked with him, and can tell you facts about his life, I think we have done a good thing that we can be proud of.”

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He added that “As I said before, the movie is not a political material but a record of facts in history. I think people are getting tired of watching only feel-good movies, drama, comedy, and other genres. As an industry, we are now waking up to our responsibilities as gatekeepers of history like the bards of old.”

‘Last Man Standing’ is directed by Tunde Laoye and features Lateef Adedimeji, Gbenga Adeyinka, Jide Kosoko, Madam Kofo, Shushu Abubakar, Sam Olatunji, and many others.

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Desmond Elliot gets APC ticket for 3rd term

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Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere Constituency I in Lagos State House of Assembly, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for a third term.

The primary election took place on Friday at Akerele Primary Health Centre, Surulere, amid tight security provided by the police and other agencies.

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The primary election was also conducted under the watch of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that electoral officers for Surulere Constituency I arrived at 1. 55 p.m., while accreditation started at 2.11 p.m.

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Thirty ad-hoc delegates drawn from nine wards in the constituency started voting at 2.45 p.m.

Votes were counted at 2:49 p.m.

Announcing the result at 3.00 p.m., the returning officer, Mr Demola Omotosho, declared Elliot the winner.

He said that Elliot polled 30 votes as the sole contestant for the ticket.

The supervising officer from APC Headquarters, Abuja, Amb. Paul Oyiborume, was on ground during the election.

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In his acceptance speech, Elliot thanked God for his victory.

“I feel excited, and I am happy.

“The people should be expecting more dividends of democracy.

“This is just the party ticket, this is not the general election.

“A lot of work still needs to be done, and we are ready to embark on it,” he said.

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NAN reports that Elliot contested and won the Surulere Constituency 1 seat on April 11, 2015, general elections.

His nomination by APC for a second term came unopposed as well as the third.

Party members, family and friends besieged the venue of the primaries to congratulate the APC candidate.

APC is holding House of Assembly and House of Representatives primaries across the 40 Lagos State constituencies and 24 federal constituencies in the state.

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2023: Nollywood actress picks deputy governorship slot in Akwa Ibom

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Amaiso Itongeshiet a.k.a Mercy Eshiet of Utu Nsekhe, Etim Ekpo LGA in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, a Nollywood actress has been nominated by stakeholders of BOOT PARTY as the running mate to the gubernatorial flagbearer, Mr. Akan Ekpenyong.

Unveiling the DEPUTY GOVERNOR in a press conference shortly after the party’s PRIMARIES, the BOOT PARTY GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE, assured that AKAN EKPENYONG/MERCY ESHIET TICKET means a beautiful tomorrow for the youths and children of Akwa Ibom state, as their programs and policies will focus on the next generation.

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He called on all well-meaning Akwa Ibom people to support their ambition BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN.

Responding, the DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP candidate thanked the stake holders for finding her worthy to occupy the position.

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She promised to work with the governorship candidate to sell the manifesto of BOOT PARTY to the electorates, and the good people of Akwa Ibom state in general.

She further expressed optimism that the party will come out victorious come 2023 general election.

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We made mistake endorsing presidential candidate in 2019 – Nollywood actors

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The President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, has revealed how the association made mistake during the 2019 presidential election by endorsing and rallying behind a candidate.

Rollas, a veteran filmmaker, director and actor who is famous for featuring in blockbuster movies like Beyond Reason (2004) and Last Warning 2 (2002), said this during a live chat with the Daily Trust on Sunday.

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He shared his thoughts about the dynamics of the nation’s 2023 presidential election and how it could affect the country’s film industry, Nollywood.

He said Actors Guild of Nigeria, which is an umbrella union that regulates and represents the affairs of film actors in Nigeria, had learnt some lessons from the last presidential election and would try not to repeat same as 2023 elections approach.

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He added that the association, which has members across the 36 states of the federation, would only support a candidate who has plans for establishing the Ministry of Nollywood.

Rollas said, “First of all, as an individual, you retain your right to support whatever politician you want to support. But it becomes a joke taken too far when you see more than one actor or group of actors coming together to say we are standing for somebody. That means you’re infringing on the Actors Guild of Nigeria, which is an association of actors.

“So literally, we have told members anywhere you see more than one actor, you’re no longer allowed to operate within any other name. When it comes to politics, we must know as actors that we are influencers and people follow us a whole lot. We are role models, so we must try as much as possible to find out what are the ideologies of persons or parties that we are trying to endorse.

“And then as Actors Guild of Nigeria, we don’t want to go back to the same mistake we made in 2019 where we put all our eggs in one basket. You see group of actors, almost all under the umbrella of our guild supporting a particular candidate and then it so happened that when that candidate didn’t make it to the presidency, it now looked like the Actors Guild of Nigeria was partisan or was a member of that party.

“So now we’ve told our members to be sure… I’ve also said it clearly in other fora that the only presidential aspirant whether in the APC or PDP or any other party that’s not willing or is not able to provide for us Ministry of Nollywood in the coming dispensation would of course not be part of those we will be standing for.”

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