The popular actor cum director won a keenly contested election, held at Tourist Garden Hotels and Resort, Asaba, Delta State, beating Lancelot Imasuen, Dickson Iroegbu and Kingsley Omefe.
One of the strong contenders, Dickson Iroegbu, reportedly withdrew from the race few minutes before the election, a situation we heard caused a brief uproar.
‘Considering the presentations made by us, I have sensed that supporting Fred Amata will be better,’ Dickson told a source.
‘The truth of the matter is that I was not in the race for some selfish reasons. It was about the Directors Guild of Nigeria and the entire Nollywood. That was why my campaign was centered on Nollywood rebirth.
‘But I observed the desperation being expressed and being a candidate who has interacted with other aspirants, I decided to make a sacrifice for DGN. Yes, I’ve stepped down, not because of any inducement, not because of any horse trading but because we are not politicians.
‘This is a professional Guild. So I have to make the sacrifice as part of my intention to serve. I have to step down so that the bickering could subside. And get someone whom most of us can say we’ve made a good choice. This is not a political decision but one that is good for the Guild I want to represent as president’, Iroegbu said.
Fred Amata, who had contested for the seat two times in the past, is hoping to transform the guild, just as his ex-partner, Ibinabo Fibresima has done to Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN).