The chances of the Ogun State governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, (APM) brightened, as professionals in the entertainment industry, have endorsed him as their candidate in the Saturday’s election.
The professionals include theatre practitioners, stage performs, film producers, musicians, drummers, presenters, dancers and others.
Members of the entertainment sector announced the endorsement during a parley between them and Akinlade at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The President of Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as “Mr. Latin”. who made the disclosure added that they were happy with the recognition accorded them by Akinlade.
The APM candidate, who also met with the leaders of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, assured that if elected as governor, his administration would implement the proposed N30,000 minimum wage in the state.
He said artistes have enjoyed mutual relationship with the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and would love to sustain the relationship, hence their endorsement of Akinlade.
Among their demands was the construction of a film village in the state and the granting of revolving loans for the entertainment industry.
Akinlade, while responding to their requests, described the entertainment industry as a very potent sector in the state, assuring that the film Village has become a necessity in the state.
This he said was because of the employment opportunities it would create, promising to see to its establishment as soon as he becomes the governor.
While promising a revolving loan to practitioners in the industry, the governorship hopeful ” said the sector was a very potent in every society.
”It has massive influence on our children, by extension our future. What my administration would do is to provide enabling environment for this sector to grow”.
He appealed to them to vote for him as well as used their influence to mobilise votes for him during the Saturday’s govenorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.