22nd November, 2022
Veteran Nollywood actor, Tony Umez has once again declared his support for the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, ahead of the 2023 general election.
He made his intention known in a recent interview with BBC.
Condemning other candidates, Umez opined that Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti, were the right candidates for the job. as his running mate.
“Some think it’s their birthright to rule. I don’t know where that came from. If I would vote tomorrow, I’d vote for Peter Obi. I’m not saying he’s a good man. But he’s saying the right things and has done the right things,” he said.
“There is much rage right now. Nigeria is blessed with great human and natural resources but we’ve not been blessed with good leadership. The young ones are angry about how things turned out.
“There are some people that have been thrown up that I feel are not credible enough to rule us. Poverty has been so weaponized that people sell their votes. I think if you’re part of a problem, you can’t be part of the solution.”
Umez condemned what he termed sit-tight rulership in Africa and criticised the Muhammadu Buhari government.
“The thing is that the people you saw when you were much younger, you still see in leadership now. There’s this “sit-tight-ism” in Africa. How do you grade a government? Education, transportation, and security. ” the actor said.
“Looking at this government now by all these indices, how would you grade this government? For me, sub-zero.
“Maybe they’ve done some things. But whatever you do that doesn’t impact positively on the citizenry, it’s nonsense. People in government have nothing to fall back on, that’s why they sit tight in power.
“You ask someone what they do and they say they’re a politician. Is that a job? It’s a call to service. But for these guys, that’s where they earn a living. People steal with impunity and there’s no integrity among our leaders.”