The body of Nollywood actors known as the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is living up to its reputation as a House of Many Controversies (HMC), as actor Emeka Ike has come out to state that the just concluded AGN elections that produced former beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima as the first female president of the guild, was a fraud.
Emeka Ike who has always been at war with members of the guild, is also famous for his battle with immediate past AGN president Segun Arinze, which saw the end of Segun’s tenure after a botched election in Benin in April 2012.
Now Ike is back and this time he is taking on the new president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, who he says cannot be president of the guild.
Ike was alleged to have carried out the arrest of the Vice Chairman of the AGN’s BOT (Board of Trustees), Emma Oguguah, who was taken to Zone 2 police headquarters in Lagos.
Speaking to the Vanguard he said, ‘I stormed the venue to arrest Emma Agugua because he was conducting an illegal election. I have a case in court against the leadership of the Guild, until the matter is determined, nobody has the right to conduct any election under the law.”
It was learnt that when Ibinabo reached out to Emeka Ike in her capacity as the Guild’s president, in the spirit of reconciliation, the actor questioned her right to have contested the elections, alleging she had a manslaughter charge yet to be settled.
Ibinabo Fiberesima was in 2009 sentenced to five years imprisonment for manslaughter, following the death of a medical doctor, Mr. Suraj Giwa, whom she hit while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol at the time. She was remanded in Kirikiri prisons and the case dragged for sometime before she was let off.
Meanwhile Emeka Ike says he has no intentions of ruling the AGN but ‘will not stand to see it run by people like Emma’, who he says is corrupt and had been running the guild like his property.