The National Treasurer of the Actors Guild of Nigeria , St. Maradona J. Mikevine on April 4th, 2016 during a chat with media men in Lagos made the pronouncement.
Maradona, who was the first plaintiff in the court case that eventually sacked the Ibinabo-led administration, informed newshounds that he was pressured by self-uprightness to make the proclamation, in order to set the records straight.
He solicits the cooperation of the Nigeria movie industry, the actors’ fraternity, the Nigerian public and the media to put all behind and help forge a common and progressive front for a better future.
He said, “It has become germane, expedient and imperative for me to call this Press Conference to clear the air and set the record straight in respect of the above subject matter and the leadership crisis rocking Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
Since the Judgement on March 16, 2015 that sacked Ibinabo Fiberesima as president of AGN and also dissolved members of the BOT and the subsequent dismissal of the appeal cum Stay-of- execution by the DEFENDANTS (Ibinabo and the former BOT) on march 23, 2016, I have been inundated with calls from well-meaning Nigerians, Nollywood stakeholders, politicians, Media Editors, security agencies to clarify issues and point the way forward as to who I have endorsed to lead ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA since the Judgement directly mentions my name as the PLAINTIFF and because the Ibinabo led faction, the dissolved BOT members and some stakeholders in Nollywood are still finding it difficult to obey the Judgement of a competent court of Jurisdiction and accept the current reality that “POWER HAS CHANGED HANDS” in AGN.”
The actor stated further, “To this end, our victory at the court should NOT be interpreted or perceived as a victory for me (ST. MARADONA J. MIKEVINE) BUT a victory for us “EMEKA IKE AND HIS EXECUTIVES”.