The list of entertainer joining Nigerian politics keeps increasing as another Pop singer, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, announced his intention to contest for the House of Representatives on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party.
He made the declaration at the party’s convention on Saturday and the singer cum actor seeks to represent Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos.
Banky W, 37, said he would run under the Modern Democratic Party, a political party founded in 2017 by some youth associations, led by Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, a 27-year-old youth activist and entrepreneur.
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They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying. So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria. #Hope19 #EtiOsa #MDP
According to a statement the singer made available to the press, he said, “There is a need for renewed hope and results, just like the rest of Nigeria,” he noted at the convention.
“Our generation needs a realistic rallying point. We need to begin in community, earn our way into the system and up the ladder. We need someone to stick their neck out and pave the way.
“The problem is that we’ve always looked only to our leaders for change… instead of looking in the mirror and at the neighbors around us. Isn’t it ironic that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for all along?
“I have shared this vision with quite a few people. Some have been incredibly supportive, but some have advised against it. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy. Considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible. They said we don’t have the money to run… we say our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? ‘’
The declaration event was attended by professionals, celebrities, fans and citizens.
It featured speeches by Jumoke Adenowo, founder of AD Consulting; Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre and MI Abaga, CEO of Chocolate City.
Others included Maryam Laushi, National Publicity Secretary of Modern Democratic Party (MDP) and Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, founder and chairman of the party.