Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo has has shown his interest in the seat of the governor of Enugu State. The veteran thespian intends yo run under the platform of the All Progressive Congress.
According to The Sun, Okonkwo declared his candidacy over the weekend during the expanded stakeholders meeting of the APC, Enugu state Chapter, said he intends to run against the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the state, saying the party is not working at all.
According to him, the governor of the state, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has nothing to show for his fours years in office in terms of legacy projects.
The actor declared:
“My people made that move, called me and I said God forbid that I will quench your spirit. I said I am going to present myself in line with the wishes of my people for this post to be the governor of Enugu state 2019 and I so present myself.
“I want you to understand that it is beautiful when you are coming under a party that you have perused the constitutional aims and objectives and you have ensured that those objectives are compatible with your own aims and objectives as a politician.
“In APC, our aim is to build a nation that will grantee political stability, mutual and peaceful co-existence, respect and understanding and equal opportunity for all. We are here to render selfless at all levels of governance that will guarantee people a sense of nationality and patriotism. And I have found those beliefs compatible with my own. I, Dr. Kenneth Okonkwo, hereby present myself to be the gubernatorial candidate of this party.”
The Nollywood actor explained that it would be more difficult for him to win the APC ticket than winning the governorship itself.
“It is easy to win against a non-performing person; it is easy to win somebody whose greatest achievement is billboards and posters.
“We are not talking about refurbishment, we are talking about legacies,” while challenging anybody from Nsukka to point out any legacy project that the current administration has done. “So if it is not done in Nsukka zone where he comes from, I don’t need to ask other zones,” Okonkwo said.
Okonkwo said if he is elected as the governor of the state, he will bring in the success formula of the Nollywood industry into the state. According to him the Nollywood Industry has been able to create millions of jobs, even without any government intervention.
“We want to deploy such input and creativity to create legacy projects that Nsukka people can be proud of. That is why they said I must proceed to contest for the governorship of Enugu state come 2019 and we will win,” the veteran actor said.
He disclosed that, should he be elected, he would serve a single term.