The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof. Peter Umeadi, has called on the media to use always use its platforms to effect positive change in the nation’s political system.
Professor Umeadi who was speaking shortly after receiving award of International Ambassador of African culture on the occasion of the 10th edition of the Nollywood New Yam Festival in Abuja, noted that the media was powerful enough to ensure that people were guided on the right path that would produce credible leaders.
He decried the situation where some media professionals were bias in their presentations during town hall meetings and other political activities meant for various candidates to make presentations on how to move the nation forward if elected.
According to Professor Umeadi, denial of equal airtime to all political parties by public media contravenes Section 95, sub section,3,4,5&6, of the Electoral Act,2022.
The APGA, Presidential candidate said that it was the responsibility of the media to provide a level playing ground for all aspirant to make known their manifestoes at all political gathering without regards to candidate’s status or popularity, to enable the electorates to be well informed on the intentions of the aspirants.
On, the award by the Nollywood Yam Festival programme, Professor Umeadi explained that he had been a lover of all efforts that would promote positive cultural values stressing that from childhood, he had played positive roles in drama, civic and sporting activities while in school, after school and during his career in his services to the nation.
While in school at CKC Onitsha in 1971, Professor Umeadi recalled a major role he played in a popular drama, entitled, “Dinner for Promotion” written by James Ene Henshaw.
The National Coordinator of the Nollywood Yam Festival programme, Mr. Onwurah Agility, says the award of International Ambassador of African culture to the APGA, Presidential candidate, Professor Peter Umeadi, was in recognition of his contributions to youths employment, growth and development of the Nollywood industry and community development.
Reporting by Ene Idoko, editing by Daniel Adejo