Nigerian Veteran Actor Saidi Balogun Speaks On N20 Million Offer To Support Peter Obi
Veteran Nollywood actor, Saidi Balogun has reacted to the speculations of being offered N20 million to support the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Naija News recalls that a few weeks ago, there were reports online alleging that Balogun rejected a huge sum of money to support the former Governor of Anambra State.
However, the actor during an interview with PUNCH described the report as fake news and urged people to always verify the authenticity of a piece of news before rebroadcasting.
He added that the youths should use the power of their PVCs instead of compelling others to support their preferred candidate.
He said: “The only thing I can tell the youth is that they should think deeply before supporting anybody. The youths should please allow other people to support their preferred candidates. They have their PVCs; so, they shouldn’t be spreading fake news because of anybody. My advice to them is that they should use the power of their PVC. As they have the right to support any candidate of their choice, so do I. You are becoming a dictator if you are trying to force me to agree with your choice.
“I can only preach and exhibit or promote what my candidate has done or will do. You can buy into it but if you don’t, it’s fine. You’re free to present or show me the beauty of your own candidate too; and I may possibly buy into it. It is not for us to resort to abusing, cursing or fighting one another. And I need to say that it is important that when we see a piece of news, we should try and verify the authenticity before we start rebroadcasting because fake news travels fast.
Tinubu Has My Style
Speaking on the choice of endorsing Tinubu, the thespian said the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate has brought a lot of people into politics.
He added that his choice of Tinubu is based on his good deeds and everyone has a choice to support who they want without fighting over it.
He said: “So, I came out to support Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) and they asked me why. I told them that in Yoruba land, everybody you know who has been this and that, he (Asiwaju) was the one that brought them out – counting from (Babatunde) Fashola, (Yemi) Osinbajo to (Akinwunmi) Ambode. He (Tinubu) was the one who brought them out. When he picked these people, everybody was asking questions, but when they got there, what Asiwaju saw in these people, everybody started seeing too.
“In my films online, I have brought to limelight actors that people had not seen before; Asiwaju too has that style. I decided to give him my support. His good deeds that I know of are what I am talking about, and that’s me. Whosoever you support, it’s your personal choice and I don’t have to fight you over it”.