GEJ Concert - Banky W And Eldee Boycott
As the ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ ‘Goodluck Jonathan for President’ arguments are still heating up amongst young Nigerians, more and more celebrities regardless of what their fans think or say, are still submitting their hearts on Jonathan’s desk. But a few others are doing everything possible to avoid getting listed on Mr. President’s payroll.
Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) boss, Bankole Wellington otherwise known as Banky W yesterday announced that he would not be present at the Goodluck Jonathan concert scheduled to hold on Friday, March 25, 2011 in Abuja.
Banky took to his Twitter account on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to inform his followers that he would be committing himself to the ‘What About Us‘ cause; a movement formed by respected youths to engage on public platforms, men and women aspiring to occupy government offices come April 2011 on their plans for the Nigerian youth.
‘4 the record I WILL NOT be performing @ the GEJ Concert in Abj on the 25th. I’ll be at d what about us debate‘, Banky W tweeted from his personal handle (@bankyw).
Similarly, producer-entertainer Lanre Dabiri popularly known as eLDee clearly disassociated himself from the Goodluck Jonathan campaign family on his Facebook page the same day as Banky W did.
Eldee who has been very involved with several advocacy groups wrote, in a note published on his Facebook account, that himself and a couple of other artistes including D’banj, Tuface, M.I, P Square, Banky W, Duncan Mighty, Wizkid had earlier scheduled a similar concert tagged ‘Our Time’ to sensitize the youths on the need to vote and most importantly guard their votes.
According to the hip-hop star, the TV commercial shot for the ‘Our Time’ concert was altered and paraded as ‘Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Concert’. This was followed up with a full-page newspaper advert in the ‘Vanguard’ newspaper of Tuesday, March 22, 2011, displaying his picture and other aforementioned artistes as headliners.
‘Now I was being touted as a representative of the youth in support of the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan presidential campaign. What’s even more interesting is that Silverbird TV ran this new advert before and after the Dbanj interview with Goodluck Jonathan, as if it were part and parcel of that GEJ campaign initiative’. eLDee wrote.
‘I have never, and even more so now will never be a part of any campaign for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, therefore please do not expect me to be at the supposed concert’.
There are speculations MI and Wizkid are also planning to shun the controversial concert. But we cannot confirm this for now.
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