The battle for the presidency of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) between Emeka Ike, Segun Arinze and the incumbent president of the association, Ibinabo Fiberesima; is setting off all sorts of fireworks between the two contenders.
The case, which has even spawned several legal actions; seems not to be ending anytime soon as Emeka and Segun continue to engage each other with insults.
The latest conflict was triggered by Segun Arinze’s comments he made in an interview where he said Emaka should grow up and stop being an attention seeker.
In a rebuttal, Emeka said: “I heard Segun Arinze was interviewed and he said so many things about me and nobody asked me for my own side. I don’t think it was a balanced report. Segun Arinze did not say anything meaningful, he was just cursing himself. That is not how to handle legal matters.”
“In legal matters, we take things from the law’s point of view. Segun that is talking to the journalist is supposed to be behind bars because he committed a crime that should have sent him to jail.”
“There was an order that he violated by bringing in Ibinabo as the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. I have been saying this since. That is why Ibinabo’s tenure was called ‘contentious,” he told Saturday Punch.
Explaining further Ike said: “Why should we the educated people allow market people to talk? I am a very cerebral person and I don’t deal with men who cannot read and do not understand the legalities of the paper they have in their hand.
“I cannot be trading words with a common street boy because if you did not go to school, you cannot understand some legal issues. So, he cannot assess the judgment of the court of law.”
Arinze had said in an interview that: “Emeka should grow up. As far as I am concerned, Ibinabo Fiberesima is the bonafide president. Even in the recent judgment that came out recently telling us to return to the status quo, what does it mean?
“We were told to go back to the way we were. There was no time Emeka Ike was pronounced the president of AGN. Let him bring out the copy of the judgment and show us if he is man enough. He should wake up and stop embarrassing the guild.”