Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie caused an internet stir when she openly declared her support for the All Progressives Congress and its candidates in the 2023 election.
On Wednesday, the actress shared photos of herself with Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announcing her membership as part of the APC Women’s Presidential Campaign Team.
Her husband, Odi Okojie, is also APC candidate for Esan North East/ South East federal constituency in Edo state.
Sharing the campaign photos, the actress wrote, “Earlier today, I joined His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the amazing women leaders who make up the APC ‘Women’s Presidential Campaign Team’ at the Southwest Women’s Rally of APC.
“As a woman, the wife of an APC candidate @princeodiokojie and a mother, I am confident in the APC plan for women which is in line with the 35% affirmative action for women.
“From the goodwill messages and conversations with women leaders, I have had the opportunity to hear from the horse’s mouth and have renewed hope and confidence in the good intentions, big plans and next actions for the women of Nigeria and for the Nigerian people. .”
However, her post did not go down well with many fans who took to Twitter to condemn the actress’s decision, making ‘Mercy Johnson’ one of the hot topics on Thursday.
One tweeter, @odyloveth, said: “End of Sars – Mercy Johnson will not speak. It floods her state that half the people in her community were dying, she was mute. Police brutality, she won’t talk.
“Today, Mercy Johnson tells us that APC has plans for us in 2023. I blame those who rate these celebrities.”
Advising the actress to focus only on her husband, @eseohe_k tweeted: “No one is saying Mercy Johnson shouldn’t support her husband’s political career. She shouldn’t just try to sell us APCs. Campaign just for your husband. Speaking of ‘as a woman, I trust the APC plan for women’”.
However, some fans claimed that the actress was free to support whoever she wanted as they justified her actions.
@isaacafrica_ said: “While I support Peter Obi, I wouldn’t expect Mercy Johnson to support any party other than her husband’s. It’s one of the reasons her marriage works.
“This is not about party affiliation. It is about who is working in the best interest of Nigerians. Why can’t it be light within APC?”
Another tweeter, @mrlurvy, said: “Mercy Johnson’s husband flies the APC flag in his constituency. But you expect Mercy to support another party, right? So she can get retweets and likes?
“Many are angry and many are wandering on social media.”