Okey Bakassi Gives Response To Criticisms, Says It’s Business As Usual

Comedian and Nollywood star Okey Bakassi has defended his choice to throw a dinner in support of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, along with colleague Kate Henshaw.

Recall that on Thursday, Uzodinma, running for re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), hosted a fundraising dinner. That same day, the Supreme Court rejected the appeals of Bola Tinubu’s main opponents, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and affirmed Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 election.

The event was hosted by Okey Bakassi and his colleague Kate Henshaw, which infuriated numerous Nigerians who took to social media to vent their frustration.

Okey Bakassi responded by saying that he hosted the event because it was a business decision and because he is a professional MC in a video that was posted to Instagram today.

He went on to say that the public shouldn’t have any say in his choice to host the event.

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He said, “I’m surprised. Why are we trending? Is it that people don’t know that we are professional MCs? Or is it because you don’t use our services that you think nobody else will use them?

It doesn’t matter whether you are APC, PDP, Labour Party, Christian, Muslim, or Pagan; if you have an event and you need it to be done professionally, you know to look for people who will give you value for money, and this is where we come in. We’re not going to discriminate based on your religion, political affiliation, or even gender when doing a professional job. That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years.

“I’m sure those who are close to me know how I voted in the last election, and those that I voted for—those who are close to me know where my heart is politically—is not something that I need to explain every day.

I am a professional, and I do my job well. I still have jobs that I don’t like to do, but it is up to me to do the ones that I won’t do. I’ll choose that; it is not subject to public opinion.”