The governorship bid of the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2023 gubernatorial polls in Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has continued to receive a boost as Nollywood stakeholders in the state pledged their support for him and urged residents to vote en masse to ensure his victory.

The Thespians made their position known at a stakeholders interactive session held at the Film Village on Tuesday in Asaba, the State capital.

The event was attended by over 500 industry players in the state, including actors, actresses, producers , Directors, Makeup artistes who are based in the State as well as the Senator elect for Delta North, Hon Ned Nwoko, among other stakeholders.

Chief Emeka Rollas (MON ), President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) who spoke on behalf of the stars stated that “Nollywood was happy with the lofty achievements of the outgoing Government of Delta State led by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.”

According to him, the Okowa led PDP administration has provided enabling environment that has made Delta State a filmmaking hub in Nigeria, adding that over 5,000 members of the Guild are currently plying their trade in the state.

The AGN Boss stressed that Oborevwori’s governorship will present beautiful vista for the state creative industry, particularly its filmmaking sector for job creation for its teeming youths and enhance contribution to national economy by the state.

“Many filmmakers and actors have relocated to Asaba, and some of them have also built houses and establish their business here also because of the opportunities the state offers.

“However, there is need for continuity and, we are sure that t Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori will give full commitment and support to the industry when he emerge governor of the state.

“It is for this reasons and for continuity that Nollywood in Delta is throwing its weight totally behind him and his Deputy at the March 18 gubernatorial polls,”he said.

In his remark, the State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Secretary to the State Government Chief Patrick Ukah, said the state government has remain steadfast in his support for the industry through the provision enabling environment for the industry to strive in the State.

These he said include “adequate security, building of one of the best Film Village in the country, which include facilities such as studios , amphitheater, among others, and has made Asaba the hub for movie shooting and a location of choice, not only in Nigeria but Africa at large.”

He therefore assured filmmakers that the State Government will partner with Nollywood in the running of the newly built multi million naira Film Village in Asaba.

The Governor assured that a Film City will soon be established in the State where movie practitioners can buy lands and build their houses.

Also speaking at the event, the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori pledged his willingness to continue the good works by the outgoing government for the entertainment industry if elected into office.

Oborevwori,who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, said “the Entertainment industry cannot be neglected by any serious minded government not only because of the accruing economic benefits but also the joy it brings to millions of Nigerians across political, ethnic, social, religious, gender leanings”

Some of the Nollywood stars present at the event include Steve Eboh, , Ngozi Ezeonu, Jnr Pope,Baba Rex, Ebele Okaro, Livinus Nnochiri, Mac Collins Chidebe (China),Destiny Etiko and Mary Igwe.

Others include Ify Eze, Chioma Emenike as well as major film marketers and distributors such as Remmy Jess, Ossy Affason, Nickson and Wazico,among others