Nollywood star Yul Edochie and Buhari’s former rival has opened up on why he backed out from contesting in the 2019 presidential race.
The popular actor turned politician had before now signified interest to contest the presidency in the forthcoming elections in 2019 but during the week, he made a sudden U-turn. He made the announcement on his Twitter page, writing, “After due considerations and consultations, I will no longer run for President of Nigeria in 2019. To my supporters, worry not. I remain committed to building a new Nigeria that works for all, irrespective of class, tribe or religion. Together we shall achieve it.”
However, in a chat, Edochie made it clear that he was not under any form of threat to take that decision.
“I made it obvious, after due considerations and consultations, I decided not to run for the post of the presidency anymore,” he said.
When he was asked if he would run for another political position, he stated that he could not ascertain at the moment if he would.
“Right now I can’t say, but I remain fully committed to building a better Nigeria. I explained to my fans that they have nothing to worry about, it is a huge thing so you do a lot of consultations and put things in place and if certain things are not well placed, it is better not start or there will be issues. But I am fine; they shouldn’t feel I was threatened by anybody,” he added.
In a recent interview, Edochie had mentioned that his father, Veteran actor, Pete Edochie, did not like politics.
“My father does not really like politics. He wasn’t really in support of it but I made him realise that if we are all shying away from politics, who is going to save this country? So he just had to give me his support because everybody has been shying away from politics for too long and that is why Nigeria is the way it is. I would say that he is supporting me all the way,” the actor had said.