By Muhammed Saheed
Veteran actor, Ebun Oloyede, popularly known as Olaiya Igwe, has been summoned by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners of Nigeria to face a disciplinary committee, set up by the association over a video where he was shown praying nude for the victory of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 polls.
This was confirmed by a TAMPAN executive, Rose Odika. She noted that Olaiya had a panel to explain himself, but he has yet to appear before it.
She said, “He has the right to support whoever he wants to, but we have the moral justification angle. We are looking at the morality behind that advert (video). It is not about who he is supporting. It is about him breaching the code of ethics (of our association and industry).”
She was further asked if there were rules of engagement for TAMPAN members supporting politicians, Odika, who is the governor of the Oyo State branch of the association, said, “People have their free will to support whoever they want to. We were first citizens before becoming actors, so we have every right to be engaged in politics and how we are governed.”