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Members of Actors Guild of Nigeria have rejected the award given to a senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Senator Ishaku Abbo as a Patron of the organization.
The PDP Senator was in the news last year for beating a woman mercilessly at a sex toy shop.
The video which was unveiled by Premium Times showed the Senator hitting a woman after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shop owner whom he had accused of insulting him.
The Guild of Nigeria tweeted on Monday that Senator had bagged an “Icon award for his expedient advocacy of active participation of youths in transforming Nigeria democracy. Says he will use the award as a machine to fight a common human enemy which is segregation, injustice and poverty. Congratulations Sir.”
Aggrieved members who are mostly women took to Twitter to vent their anger, said a woman beater cannot be a patron to the association they belong.
According to Halda Dokubo, a member of the association “I, therefore, call out all right thing, mentally balanced, male and female members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria to stand up and reject Elisha Abbo as Patron of Actor Guild of Nigeria. My name is Hilda Dokubo and I am not going to have an abuser served as a patron in an organisation I belong.”
“Cut the crap! @Senator Elisha Abbo an #abuser #sextoysenator can not be a #Patron of the #Actors Guild of Nigeria. His reputation is worse than #COVID19
A popular Nollywood Actress, Kate Henshaw said “my name is Kate Henshaw and I do not mince words when I say @AbboElisha is NOT worthy to be a patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. We have women in this guild and we do not want to be slapped!!”
A popular Nolly wood producer, Lancelot Oduwa Imansuen who replied to NAIJA CENTER inquiry said “Seriously I told myself that I will never comment on this issue…AGN is a very big organisation ..a body of all practising actors in Nigeria ..so if they come together and decided to give an award to any individual ..it’s their decision and it should be respected”
Actress Stella Damasus said ” Gbole I totally agree with you. I cannot believe that it is even being considered in the first place. How can anyone even think to mention that name? “