Jim Iyke, Nollywood actor, stated that he left politics to avoid selling or compromising his soul.
Jim Iyke entered politics in 2014 when he joined the Young Democratic Party. 
He was the party’s Diaspora Director-General at the time.
Jim Iyke: I Left Politics Because I Couldn’t Sell My Soul
Nigerian politics has frequently been described as dirty game marked by violence, rigging, bribery, corruption, and other manipulations perpetrated by politicians during elections.

According to a Human Rights Watch report from 2007, former Anambra governor Chris Ngige was rigged into office by influential politician Chris Uba, who signed a contract effectively handing over the government’s business to Mr. Uba while he serves as mere “administrator.”

The agreement, however, did not last because Mr. Ngige did not keep his end of the bargain. He was later expelled.

WHAT JIM IYKE SAID ABOUT POLITICS IN AN INTERVIEW WITH BBC IGBO

In an interview with BBC Igbo on Friday, Jim Iyke said he left politics to avoid compromising his soul while describing Anambra politics as a “jungle on earth.”

“I tried politics, but the compromises I had to make were almost as if I were selling my soul. “I have principles,” he stated.

“I come out when my people summon me to serve. If there is a jungle on the planet, it is Anambra politics. It’s a different ball game.”

Chris Uba describes Anambra as “a very hot place, a place where everyone needs to be careful,” echoing Jim Iyke’s assertion.

The actor went on to say that he does not want to be a puppet in the hands of any godfather, fearing that the game will consume him in the long run.

“I know that if I get involved in politics, it will either consume me or get me what I want. But I don’t want to be desperate or have my godfather use me like a puppet. “I don’t want to smear myself,” Iyke explained.

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