Nollywood actors and actresses are not taking politics with levity anymore, with Tonto Dikeh emerging Rivers deputy governorship candidate, Funke Akindele emerging Lagos deputy governorship candidate, and now Femi Branch.
Actor Femi Branch has been picked as the running mate of Tofunmi Ogunronbi, the governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) in Ogun State.
Femi Branch confirmed his appointment as the deputy governorship candidate of the party in a statement shared on Instagram on Saturday July 16.
The statement read in parts:
“The governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) in Ogun State, Dr Tofunmi Ogunronbi, has announced a popular actor, Chief Femi Branch as his running mate for the 2023 general elections.”
“Tofunmi, popularly known as DTO, unveiled the Ogun-born actor on Friday in a press statement made available by Tofunmi Ogunronbi Campaign Organisation (TOCO) to journalists.
“Ogunronbi is the Managing Director and CEO of Imperial Glamour Nigeria Ltd, a Managing Consulting firm and Oil & Gas Servicing Company with several units covering Oil & Gas Trading, Marine logistics, Heavy Duty Lift & Civil Construction. He is a speaker, consultant and an entrepreneur, who writes, counsels and speaks on Youth empowerment and Business Development.”
“The guber candidate, while urging the residents of Ogun State to work with them, stated that his intention to be the governor, under the umbrella of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), is to change the tide and establish a democratic renewal process that will be second to none in the state. ‘Our aim is to make Ogun state the best State in Nigeria and indeed better than some West African countries.”
While stating the reason behind his choice of running mate, Ogunronbi pointed out that Femi Branch would add more value to his candidacy, considering his vocal stance against bad governance and social injustice for which he is known by the many readers of his Poetry and his countless followers all over the world.
Speaking further, the governorship candidate noted that his deputy has a clear understanding of the task ahead and the need to work with a co-visionary with a shared passion for the emancipation of the good people of the state.
According to the NRM flag bearer, the duo would deliver the state from decades of stagnation and bad governance, help her achieve her true potential and take her pride of place amongst other progressive and developed peoples of the world.