Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) ahead of the Anambra Gubernatorial election.
It is understood that Mr. Edochie – the son of veteran movie star, Pete Edochie – emerged unopposed at the party’s primary yesterday in Awka, Anambra State.
The actor, who has been campaigning on social media with the hash tag #TheLastBusStop, has promised to change the face of governance if elected.
Edochie, who had earlier said that he was on a divine mission, took to his Instagram account to share the good news to his followers.
He wrote: “And I won the party primaries today to become the flag bearer of the DPC. DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S CONGRESS.”
I give God almighty all the glory.
I thank everyone who made it possible. And to all who have placed their hopes and trust in me, I will not let you down.
Its time for the youths, time for the masses.
We are taking the Government house of Anambra State come November 2017.
We will run a Government that will put the welfare of the masses first.
Our Victory is the people’s Victory. ”
He also urged his supporters to join hands with him to move the economy of the state forward.
He said: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Some people may say they do not know me in politics, (even) having made a name for himself in Nollywood, but, if the state is in a bad shape, it is celebrities who should speak out. I need the support of the people of the state to make it work in Anambra state.”
“My ambition is driven by the ineffective leadership style of those entrusted with the leadership of the state. Since the creation of Anambra State, it has been in the news for the wrong reasons.”
“In all, the youths have been at the receiving end of the political tussle. The older generation of leaders recruit youths, arm them with weapons to actualize their political goals and abandon (them) when elections are won. But when I take over as governor, youths will take their rightful position as leaders of the future.”
The election was supervised and witnessed by the national chairman of the party, Olusegun Peters, other national executives of the party, representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and some security agents.