Jide Kosoko has urged Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, to appoint an entertainer into his cabinet if he wins the 2019 election.
The Nollywood veteran led entertainers, including Sound Sultan, Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma), Daddy Showkey, on a solidarity visit to the APC candidate on Thursday.
The creative industry professionals used their visit to present some of the challenges plaguing the sector.
They identified security, access to public buildings such as hospitals, schools, airport, police station, military barracks and other permits as some of the operational issues they struggle with while shooting movies and music videos in Lagos.
“We have very highly educated people among us and I want to charge you to appoint one of us into your government when you win the election by the grace of God,” Kosoko said.
“If we had one of us in your government he or she will represent us and our interests well. We are for you and APC in Lagos and we will support you to win this election.”
Responding, Sanwo-Olu said: “I am very happy to see many of you here in flesh and blood especially our veterans like Oga Jide Kosoko and Oga Bello. Those days before the age of internet when we see you on television we look forward to meeting you. You inspired us and entertained us.
“The purpose of this interaction is to know the issues that are important to you that you want government to address. We want your input so we can plan for. I appreciate your endorsement and support. It means much to me and my deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
“Let me assure you that by the grace of God when we get to office, I will appoint one of you into senior position as requested by Prince Kosoko and beyond appointment, we will through policies and necessary structure provide enabling environment for you to thrive and do your job well.”
Other members of the delegation from the film industry include Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe), Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), Rachael Oniga, Yinka Qadri, Lanre Hassan (Mama Awero), Chico Ejiro, Fred Amata, Muka Ray, Sola Kosoko, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo, Femi Branch, Iyabo Ojo, Ayo Badmus, and Lilian Bach.
Musicians among them include Owen G, Sound Sultan, Ozzy Bosco, Muma Gee, Olisa Adibua and MC Lively.