Tony Umez, an actor, has responded to claims that a specific presidential candidate contacted him for a monetary endorsement.
“That report is incorrect, and I don’t know where it came from,” he remarked in an interview with Punch Newspaper. Nobody has approached me in any way. Nobody asked me to endorse anyone for N10m. My chosen candidate has been identified.
I have not endorsed any candidate publicly that is because it is not my style. However, people who know me know who I am supporting. Publicly endorsing a candidate is the choice of anyone who decides to do that. Whether the person is doing it for money, or so as to be noticed in exchange for pecuniary gains, I don’t know.
For the entertainers that have endorsed candidates, I don’t know whether they were paid or not. One cannot force anybody to support one’s candidate. Politics is a game. We all have reasons for supporting particular candidates. If my reason for supporting any candidate does not appeal to anyone, that does not give them the right to castigate me.
It is just that there is a general feeling of rage and anger across the land because of all the things we’re going through as a nation. Some people believe that when one endorses a particular person, one is doing a disservice to the nation, going by what we have on the ground. The bottom line is that politics is a game. Anyone can play it, but they should not insult others in the process.”