Actor Yul Edochie on why he entered politics


Yul Edochie, a former Nollywood actor who is now a politician, has given his motivation for entering the field.

When he appeared as a guest on Daily Trust's Twitter Spaces with the topic "Yul Edochie: Navigating Nollywood and Politics," he discussed this.

"I actually took time to examine the system and noticed that we do a lot of talking and very little action," the actor remarked. I observe that the youths chat a lot. Many young people desire to see young people in elected office, but they are not yet prepared to run for those positions.

"When I initially ran for governor in 2017 at the age of 35, I just decided that somebody had to come out and take that big move. That's how I entered the political field.

In 2017, Edochie put his party, the Democratic People's Congress, forward for the governorship of Anambra State.

He ran against 36 other candidates for governor, including Willie Obiano, the current governor.

Later, Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State, appointed him Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Creative & Entertainment Media.

The actor later left the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that he did so in order to help the party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, in his bid for the presidency.

He declared earlier this year that he will run for president in 2023, but he later withdrew.

He claims that he made the choice after consulting with his APGA party.

After the discussions, Edochie and his party realised they lacked the organisation to win the presidential race, he said in a social media post.

In 2005, he made his Nollywood debut alongside the late renowned actors Justus Esiri and Enebeli Elebuwa in the film "The Exquirers."

After starring alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Desmond Elliot in the film "Wind of Glory," he gained notoriety in 2007.


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