Yul Edochie, the Nollywood actor turned politician, is soliciting support from Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

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Earlier this year, Yul had declared his interest to run for president in 2023.

But in an Instagram post on Wednesday, the actor recalled how he left his government job to support Atiku’s 2019 presidential bid.

In the post, the actor said he hopes that Atiku would reciprocate the support he gave him during the last election.

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“In 2019, I supported Atiku Atiku for president. I did it with my full chest, proudly and not for money,” Yul wrote.

“I was not paid to do it. God punish me if I lie. I even resigned from my government appointment then so I could give Atiku my full support without any hindrance. I did it because I want a positive turnaround in our country.

“I Atikulated social media. I atikulated the whole of Anambra State. I atikulated all Nigerian youths who believed in me to stand with Atiku. Unfortunately, it turned out the way it did.

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“This time around, it’s the turn of the south-east to produce the next president. And I have declared my interest to run for President of Nigeria, 2023. I hope Atiku will support me the way I supported him.”

In 2018, the movie star had declared interest to run for president the following year under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party but later abandoned the ambition “after due consultation”.

Prior to his presidential bid, he had contested for the Anambra state governorship election in 2017 under the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) but lost after securing only 145 votes.

Yul was appointed the senior special assistant on creative and entertainment media to Willie Obiano, former Anambra governor, in 2018.

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He resigned a few months later and defected from APGA to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).



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