- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 15:01
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
Nigerian Actor and Producer, and National President of the Actors Guide of Nigeria (AGM) Mr. Segun Arinze has formally tendered his resignation as the Guide's helmsman stating his decision is borne out of the desire to protect his integrity.
Although many believed that this turn of event may not be unconnected with the botched election held last week in Benin where charms and other dangerous effects were freely used on opponents, Arinze said he decided to quit to have a rest of mind, put many controversies to rest and move on with his life.
In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos and personally signed by him, the Actor decried the inability of the Group to conduct the election of last week and regretted the obvious of lack understanding from members which resulted to the chaos and fiasco.
"The events in Benin on the 28th of April 2012 is now common knowledge to all. I know I constituted an independent Agnec that was supposed to be devoid of any electoral rancour or external influences.
"For my integrity and honour, I hereby resign as president of Actors Guild of Nigeria and it comes into effect immediately.
"I want to thank profoundly my wife, Julie, for holding on during the challenging period of service to the guild," the statement read.
However, the Guide is yet to make any public statement on the development.
It will be recalled that Segun Arinze became the Guide's National President in September 2009 at a time the Guide was divided along factional lines, with one headed by Ejike Asiegbu and the other by Kanayo O. Kanayo.
Arinze however emerged from the Ejike Asiegbu faction which was widely recognised as the authentic group.
The Guide has since last year been expecting him to conduct election for new excos owing to the fact that his tenure officially elapsed December 9th last year and has been severally prevailed upon by the Guide's Board of Trustees to so do.