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Clarion Chukwurah: Ex-Convict Ibinabo not fit to lead AGN

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Earlier this week, the AGN President Ibinabo Fiberesima wrote an open letter to veteran actress Clarion Chukwurah, who called her out for using the association for personal gains – read it here.

In an interview with Punch, she states why Fiberesima shouldn’t be the leader.

In response to the open letter, she says;
“I am not on the same level with Ibinabo Fibresima professionally, educationally or in any other form. I find that she is deliberately misleading the public and wanting to push the issues at stake under the table with her so-called open letter. I will not allow her to do that.”

On why Ibinabo Fibersima shouldn’t be the AGN President: “Item ‘U’ of the electoral guideline of AGN disqualified her. No convicted person can stand for election in any post. She was convicted for manslaughter and she was given a jail sentence which she served. There is a court injunction stopping Ibinabo from parading herself as the AGN president. This is the copy of the judgment. I have it. Manslaughter has no option of fine. Her sentence was reduced from seven years to five years and we all know she went to jail. The judgment reads in part, ‘there is proof that she drove recklessly and caused the death of Dr. Sura Giwa contrary to the road traffic laws of Lagos State.’ She was drunk. How could this person be the face of AGN?

The court injunction of 2011 and 2013 was forwarded to the presidency. The criminal conviction of manslaughter was sent to the presidency. The president is supposed to be a symbol of the supremacy of the rule of law. He disregarded the law in recognising Ibinabo as president of AGN. The president is now saying there is no law in this country. So the AGN has become an ethnic grouping. This is a professional body of actors. It is not a Niger Delta solidarity platform.”

On Ibinabo asking for money from government officials: “I have the data of every government house she has been to. No single chapter has seen a dime for running the guild. She went to Ondo State and she was given N500, 000. What chapter did she inaugurate in Ondo State? The guild wasn’t set up to go begging from one state government to another.”

34 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    This women should be giving a ring to fight abeg…. Their matter don tire me….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. xoxo

    May 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Madam Clarion DIA RIS GOD OOO!! Haba!!
    Yes, she mistakenly killed a man, ‘cos she was drunk and driving , but she has paid her dues , even went to jail for it. Does that mean her life should end just because she went to jail?
    I’m starting to think the roles you act in movies is actually what you portray in real life.
    You sound too desperate and thirsty for power.

    • Ricky

      May 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Did Madam Clarion create the laws? The law states that a convict cannot be the president. Why are we Nigerians like this? Why do we like to act like everything is personal? Sure, this may actually be personal and Clarian and Ibinabo may hate each other for all I care, but the law is the law.
      If we want to show pity or solidarity with Ibinabo, we should complain about the law itself, not the fact that someone is pointing it out.

    • ao

      May 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      @Ricky…I want to high-five you for this comment. So on point. The law is the law.

    • Ayaba

      September 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

      I think the law is silly, but I have to agree with you that even if it is personal, as it appears to be, the law is the law until it can be overturned legally. This is one law too stringent that needs revisiting. What about someone convicted for a brawl back in secondary school? Does it matter if he served his time and has changed?

      Don’t drink and drive! You don’t know your limit!

    • nene

      May 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      “mistakenly killed a man”…yeah right. she was drunk and being stupid (as usual) and you call that a mistake? she is lucky she didn’t go to jail. and yes, most nigerian actors do not act, they simply reenact their everyday lives in film. i am yet to meet one of them who wasn’t exactly like a character they played in a movie. i also think clarion does not like ibinabo.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      May 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Hmmm…. “Mistakenly killed a man, ‘cos she was drunk and driving”…..
      Chai!! The blood Ibinabo was ‘shearing’ on Lekki road that day nko , Is dai no God for that situation as well?? Our Naija standards can fit be low sha… even for the value of human life. If to say na your fomilik who got ‘mistakenly’ killed by a drunk grown-ass woman (not even a teenager who doesn’t know better o), will you be saying what you are saying?? I remember she even bribed the police and they let her go free, until the man’s family stood up and cried out to the press before she was brought to book. Thank God he was an educated man with a family who knew their rights. Abeg, what type of message are sending here?. yea she paid her dues,but she’s back to breaking the law again (constitution of her organization), abeg odaran behavior is in her blood in one form or the other jare. How do you even think the family feels seeing her in the news frolicking about after killing their pikin and trying to get away with it (salt to injury)?
      Mr/Mrs Hugs&Kisses my advice to you sha is that whenever you’re in obodo oyinbo don’t go and mistakenly drink & drive not to talk of mistakenly killing someone while at it. Na the end of ya future be that…cos I tell you, to even find MacDonalds job go hard you.
      She is the President of AGN…film, she nor act. Carry go jare Madam Clarion, I gbadun your courage and charisma (at least for now…hehehe)

    • Me

      May 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Did Madam Clarion create the laws? The law states that a convict cannot be the president. Why are we Nigerians like this? Why do we like to act like everything is personal? Sure, this may actually be personal and Clarian and Ibinabo may hate each other for all I care, but the law is the law.
      If we want to show pity or solidarity with Ibinabo, we should complain about the law itself, not the fact that someone is pointing it out.

  3. nene

    May 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    if there is a clause that disqualifies ibinabo, then why was she even allowed to contest and why is she still the AGN president. politics is even present in AGN. nigeria can never change, when people break the rules. people complain everyday about lawlessness, including these actors and musicians, yet there are just as bad as politicians. ibinabo should definitely step down now, if she is an honourable woman, but i don’t see that happening.

  4. nene

    May 17, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    BELLANAIJA, YOU GUYS NEED TO PUBLISH THE STORY OF THREE CLEANERS WHO APPARENTLY STOLE THE DOLLAR EQUIVALENT OF 242 MILION NAIRA FROM A WOMAN. FOR ME, I THINK A LOT IS NOT BEING REVEALED ABOUT THE CASE, INCLUDING THE SOURCE OF THAT MONEY. HOW THE HELL IS SOMEONE ALLOWED TO BRING IS THAT AMOUNT OF CASH? I THINK MADAM AND THE OFFICIALS WERE TRYING TO SMUGGLE IN MONEY, AND THE THREE IGBO CLEANERS THEN STOLE THE MONEY.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      May 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Must you type in all caps? Simmer down.

  5. Nma

    May 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    She has some valid points. If those are indeed the laws of the AGN, then it gast the upheld. Nigerians and their wuru-wuru “laws” that are rarely applied fairly. And if the allegations about her using the guild as a front for her own personal gains are true, then the matter needs to be further scrutinized. This woman sha doesn’t back down….i like her spirit.

  6. Bide

    May 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Clarion has a point though

  7. thatgidigirl

    May 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    August meeting tins

  8. i no send

    May 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    if indeed this ex convict rule is included in their constitution then they should please adhere to it..nothing personal here

  9. Osagie Elegbe

    May 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    It is sad to know that it is now people are talking against d evil in AGN.I will commend clarion for coming out loud. AGN is in complete disarray, in total obscurity because of what I call satanic leadership.If u argue with clarion,pls don’t argue with me I am a state chapter chairman.AGN right now is in limbo check Lagos the seat of power divisions every where Edo has long been closed down Abuja today is having a duely elected chairman and an appointed sole administrator run AGN simultaneously delta state is in comatose, Aka ibom tired of AGN Bayelsa is closed down.so u can see that d Niger Delta has seen more pain in this satanic rule in AGN.Clarion stop tribal politic GEJ is not d problem of AGN.Nor be ur brother for anambra put am for there. Edo cud not wait to be so oppressed and depressed so we are in court to find justice.AGN has never seen such darkness in history and may we never see such an era again.

  10. Osagie Elegbe

    May 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I hosted the election that was to usher in this evil administration in AGN and I told the elders that see darkness coming they didn’t listen for their selfish end ofgcourse they are enjoying it but at d expense of us all.have u ever held the board say anything noooooooooooo
    their stomach is fullllllllll. while different state chapters are closing down.Why will people only want to live for their stomach even if it means to rubbish others.hmmmmmm may God help us all.Amen

  11. osagie elegbe

    May 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I can’t find my last post here

  12. cgren

    May 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Does the rule of law work in Nigeria?…anything goes if the yellowest person comes they get the vote, or if the person has other female powers at their disposal they win…i remember thinking i’ve never seen Ibinabo in any movies…oh well Clarion takes no prisoners..let’s see how the plot thickens

  13. Robertha

    May 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    B4 u even start pointing fingers @ Ibinabao,pls let’s nt forget dat dis country has bin ruled by ex convicts as well. We still hv state governors ruling who hv bin in jail years back. In as much as Clarion is bringing dis out, u knew bout it before making her president. And nobody can change my mind on dis issue,bt Clarion has a secret beef with Ibinabo. So xpect more from her

    • kim

      May 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

      @robertha, my thoughts exactly. thanks for your comment.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

      If one if the convicted past rulers you’re pointedly referring to is Uncle Shege, he received a state pardon with the resulting effect of wiping his entire prison term off the slate.

  14. chi

    May 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    @Robertha the ex con who ran the country had a full pardon, so technically he isnt an ex-con. Lets live by the rules here, irrespective of the personal issues or opinions. If the clause exists then her presidency of the AGN is an illegality

  15. Bookie Oluwaojebi Oluwaojebi

    May 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Fight or no fight d fact stil remain an ex-convict cant run or shd stand for election so ibinabo save ur breath n go sit down.

  16. Bookie Oluwaojebi Oluwaojebi

    May 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    No ex-convict shd rule final!

  17. mulikat

    May 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Clarion,where are u,when they vote for her as president of AGN,sames u are desperate and thirsty for that post,kindly live her along.after all, she make mistake by drunk driveing and end killing human,she went to jail for 5yrs came out and die in her room or no second chance again. Obasanjo went to jail,came out and stand for president of nigeria, may e.g in nigeria,why not ibinabao,live the poor beautifull woman along, or both have same boyfriend b4.

    • latifa

      May 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      What school did u attend???

  18. mujer

    May 19, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Not an actor and dont know a thing about the Nigerian trade association for actors and their rules. However, “rules is rules”. Yup. If it barrs convicted persons from holding office, and Ibi ran for election after her conviction, then her position as president is indefensible and can and perhaps should be challenged. On the issue of paying dues – I am sure the Ibi believes she has lived through her worst nightmare staying in jail all them days. I am also sure that if I was a family member of the deceased, I would want her to rot in jail. They will never feel the payment for a life they deemed priceless is sufficient. So those suggesting she has paid her dues, I think it is a bit insensitive to the family members. Let us leave that argument to those who are directly involved in this saga. Finally, everyone with a job is using the position to their advantage. If you are a store clerk, you are positioning yourself for manager, so you do your best and show up where you need to show up. If you are in a position that requires networking on behalf of your organization or you serve as the spokesperson, it is natural that you gain some popularity and personal trophies as a result of the networking opportunity. That is why CEO positions and the like are not for the mediocre. They are also positions that can make or break an organization. THerefore, if Ibi is gaining professionally on a personal level cos of her leadership position, that comes with the job – whether it is intended or unintended. If Clarion or any other person held that position and leveraged it to the extent that it should be leveraged, they would also achieve the same intended or unintended gain. Since there is no barometer for intent, the logic of the argument is weak, or perhaps flawed. Make I go sleep.

  19. iba

    May 19, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I agree Clarion may sound bitter and could have her personal agenda but she has a point. If the law states an ex convict can not be president, HOW DID IBINABO GET TO THAT POSITION? Lets digest this and ask ourselves the pertinent question. This is the reason Nigeria is struggling. We make rules for a reason yet we cant keep them. Unless ibinabo was pardoned, then she should HAVE NEVER BEEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE GUILD.

    Oh and by the way i like ibinabo but i go with what the law says…

  20. www.blogsvila.blogspot.com

    May 19, 2014 at 4:35 am

    They are fighting like kids. I think they are doing this to stay relevant

  21. Miss Pee

    May 19, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Please some people should stop being myopic in some certain issues, not that am in support of the verbal war between these women, if you’re saying she was convicted, remember you where once ruled by a baba that came out of prison, abi the law was not effective den? a mistake has being made, come to think of it, why is it that it’s only Clarion that is voicing her opinion, does it mean she’s the only person noticing what’s happening? did Ib superglue the mouth of the other actors or she has bought their conscience? issues like this are not meant to be apportioning blames around, especially when you don’t know what caused the issue in the first instance. so until you hear the full details of what happened from both parties, then don’t just conclude .

  22. ada

    May 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    my question is, where was clarion when the elections were being held? was she sleeping? Something has gone wrong somewhere for all this negative attacks in the press to start now.

  23. Sola

    May 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Clarion! Clarion! You are wasting your time fighting with Ibinabo publicly and also disgracing yourself. I believe you have spunk and determination but this is not the way to go about it. A piece of advice to you. Facing Ibinabo publicly does not achieve anything. She is a ‘Die Hard’ babe and will never resign. Ibinabo thrives on open confrontation because she wants to prove she knows the ‘Powers that be’ to achieve her goal. Don’t tackle Ibinabo on this level, if you know the big shots that can get a genuine court order to remove her, use it. Also enforce it with physical presence, by that I mean, the police or whatever you need. Stop wasting your energy and breath making public statements. I told her she lowered herself by replying you because (1) You are older so YOU should know better (2) It’s beginning to look like you’re scared of her to be going public with this issue. If truly you are as tough as I hear then stop your squabbling and let’s see you ACT to back what you have said. Another thing to remember, Ibinabo was convicted alright and given a sentence but she did not serve the 5 year sentence, she served only 6 months out of it and during that time she was secretly allowed to go home on visits so that was not much of a sentence was it. Ibinabo na international runs gal on anoda level, all inclusive if you know what I mean by that. She will go to any lengths and I mean any lengths to achieve what she sets out to. Lastly, a warning for you, in wanting to remove Ibinabo, don’t make hateful statements even though your statements are true, don’t try to hurt or injure her with words, it serves no purpose. Before you build your house, ‘COUNT THE COST CLARION’.

    • mama

      May 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      your reasoning is so immature and annoying its amazing……no wonder nigeria is the way it is…..so cos she is going public with the issue that means she is scared? cant deal abeg

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