NSUKKA (ENUGU STATE) – A popular Nollywood actor, Mr Kenneth Okonkwo, popularly known as ‘Andy Okeke’ in the film `Living in Bondage’, says his getting involved in politics will not stop him from acting movies.
Okonkwo, who was PDP House of Representative aspirant for Nsukka/Igboeze-South Federal Constituency in the just concluded party primaries, said he joined politics so that he would empower more youths and bring rapid development to his people.
“I still act movies; joining politics will not stop me from acting because it is acting that gave me popularity and recognition.
“I discovered that my people are looking unto me to solve their problems and there is a limit my personal resources can do in solving these problems, that is why I joined politics.
“I want to empower more youths and ensure rapid development of my constituency that has suffered neglect for years.’’
According to him, the Kenneth Okonkwo Foundation, his initiative, has empowered many youths, widows and orphans in the area in the past four years.
‘‘I love my people and they love me; I hate seeing them suffering; that’s why I entered politics where I will have more opportunities to attend to their problems.”
The popular Nollywood actor said he stepped down from the contest because of controversy it generated.
“I steped down even before the PDP party primaries because of the controversy generated by who will represent the constituency.
“To me, politics is not a do or die affair. I believe that if I did not make it this year, I will make it in future.’’
Okonkwo commended PDP leadership in Enugu State for the choice of Mr Ifeanyi Ugwunayi as its governorship candidate in the forthcoming general elections, describing Ugwuanyi as a humane and transparent gentleman.
“Ugwuanyi is a good choice to succeed Gov Sullivan Chime; he will consolidate on numerous achievements of Chime; Enugu people should come out en masse to vote for Ugwuanyi.
“I also urge Nigerians to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan to enable him to continue his transformation agenda that has positively impacted on every sector of the economy.
“I plead with politicians in various political parties and their supporters to shun violence before, during and after the general elections, in order to move this country to the next level,’’ Okonkwo said.