Veteran Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo, who left the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the presidential Muslim-Muslim ticket, has formally joined the Labour Party.
On Wednesday, Mr. Okonkwo announced his departure via his Instagram account. He uploaded photos of himself walking into the party’s Abuja headquarters.
“It was an honour and a privilege to be welcomed into the Labour Party on the 23rd of August, 2022, at the Supreme God House, Apo, Abuja,” the actor captioned the post.
He said “This will enable me assist in my own humble way to the enthronement of His Excellency, Peter Obi, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023 for the good governance of our dear country which is so blessed by God but has been so battered by bad leaders.”
The national spokesperson for “Dynamics Ambassadors for Peter Obi (DAPO),” a group that backs the party’s presidential candidate, was also announced by Mr. Okonkwo.
The actor resigned from the APC in July, calling the party’s choice of a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket abhorrent.
On July 12, he submitted his resignation via the Nkpunano Ward, Nsukka, Enugu State, chairman.
“If Muslims could voluntarily vote for southern presidents, it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a northern Christian vice president.
“This will permanently destroy the political viability of northern Christians in Nigeria if allowed to stand,” he had said.