ENUGU STATE 2019: What Happens To Nollywood’s Kenneth Okonkwo Now That The APC Has Screened Him Out Of His Governorship Ambition?

Kenneth Okonkwo.

Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo is one voice that spoke loud in the wilderness for President Muhammadu Buhari in recent times against what some people would call, “The Igbo Choice” and loudly did he raise his voice that people from the South-East called him all sorts of names in their bid to distance themselves from him and sent him off as an outcast who must have been bribed to make some of the statements he was making on behalf of the federal government.


The actor said at different fora, both home and abroad that Ndi-Igbo should either support President Buhari on his second term bid or lose their chance of producing an Igbo President after him in 2021, a statement which got a lot of Igbo leaders inferiorited and had to lash out at him, condemning his choice of words over his right of association and freedom of speech.

But, one-thing was certain, Kenneth Okonkwo wanted to be Governor of Enugu State, a state under the leadership of the PDP and with Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Governor but that is not to be anymore as the hope of his becoming governor or contesting for same, is not coming through as the All Progressives Congress (APC) disqualified him from contesting for the Enugu governorship primaries following his inability to purchase the nomination and expression of interest forms. 

I sincerely don’t know what he was thinking when he didn’t purchase the form as is the guideline of the party; instead, he was waiting for one miracle to happen overnight for him.

Preparedness they say meets opportunity and the success is usually unprecedented, but it wasn’t the case for Kenneth Okonwko whom I’m sure wasn’t even ready to go all the way to pursue his desire to govern Enugu State and then, have the people eat his last Naira note even if he doesn’t have.

What we gathered was that the actor felt that his face as a Nollywood actor could do the magic for him and hopefully waiting for the All Progressive Congress as a party to wave off the sum of 22Million Naira Governorship ticket fee because one person claims to be an actor.

Well, his acting skills failed him this time around and he got disqualified for not doing what other aspirants do to get qualified to become candidates of a particular party of their choice and I wonder what happens to him now that he has successfully alienated himself from Ndi-Igbo and has also lost the opportunity to contest for the governorship of Enugu state unless some miracle happens overnight for him and we pray so because he really fought for his voice to be heard for the president.

Truth is, Kenneth Okonkwo reserves the right to air his opinions any which way he chooses, but must not make same mistakes some of us made a few years back with our manner of approach over this same President and not use words like, “Ndi-Igbo will continue to wander in the wilderness if they fail to vote for president Muhammadu Buhari come 2019 election” to buttress any point of his, regardless of how good those opinions are. 

You would recall that Kenneth Okonkwo had in 2015 contested for the House of Representatives under the platform of the People's Democratic Party, but lost at the primaries level.