Veteran actor, Tony Umez has averred that is not his style to endorse politicians.
Speaking in a chat with The Punch, he said: “I haven’t because it’s basically not my style. But people who know me know whom I’m supporting or want to support.”
Umez noted that celebrities were free to recommend any politician publicly if they wanted to, adding that entertainers have the right to do so, whether they were paid or not.
“Whether the person is doing it for money or for him to be noticed so that he’ll gain some pecuniary things, I don’t know. But the person has a right to come out publicly to support and endorse someone publicly, but not under the group he belongs to or the guild he belongs to, but as an individual,” Umez said.
He continued, “Yes, I can come out and say, ‘I Tony Umez I publicly endorse Peter Obi’, ‘I publicly endorse Asiwaju,’ and so on. It’s my right to do that. Whether I’m doing it for pecuniary gains or whatever, it’s my right to do that. You can’t take it away from me. You can’t.
“But when I say on behalf of AGN that I belong to, No! It doesn’t work like that.”