Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele has confirmed her nomination as the running mate for the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
Funke Akindele Lagos PDP Guber Candidate
KanyiDaily recalls that Adediran’s media aide, Gbenga Ogunleye had announced that the actress was one of the five persons under consideration as Jandor’s running mate.
In a video shared on her Instagram page, Akindele confirmed her appointment as the deputy guber candidate saying she sees her selection as a huge responsibility and an opportunity to improve the welfare of the youth.
The actress said over the years, youths have been ignored while their dreams are cut short. She added that it is now time to use “our numerical strength” as an advantage in the forthcoming election.
Akindele said, “Dear Lagosians, I must share my decision to venture into a more significant facet of humanitarian service with you all.
“Through God’s grace, my 25-year career in the entertainment sector has seen much success and given me the privilege to engage with people from all walks of life.
“It was also within that period, that my passion for contributing to the growth of youth, women and children was solidified. Coupled with an upbringing dedicated to service to others and value for life, compassion for others is second nature to me.
“As a Lagosian born out of Ikorodu, when asked to join Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR) as his running mate for next year’s gubernatorial elections– the opportunity to help liberate and improve the welfare of our people could not be ignored.
“I found JANDOR to be young, brave, knowledgeable and compassionate. Most importantly, his commitment to making the wealth of Lagos truly reflect in the living standards of all her residents is genuine & remarkable. My decision is not only to accept this huge responsibility–
“But to work tirelessly and complement JANDOR’s burning desire to see our dear state of Lagos live up to its full potential, where the people are made the top priority as immediate and direct beneficiaries.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to the well-meaning residents of Lagos, especially the youth: There is strength in numbers, and we must use this to our advantage. It is time to take our rightful people in matters that concern our lives and our future.
“Over the years, a great number of men and women with immense potential have been ignored, victimized, and sometimes killed, for daring to dream. Nothing can justify why our beloved city can be ranked the 2nd worst to live in globally, despite our N45bn in monthly revenue.
“This is the time to change our story and our lives. I am greatly aware of the cost of this assignment and prepared to make the personal sacrifice of putting my career on hold, to serve. My resolve is that no sacrifice is too much for the good of our people and state.
“As a woman, I strongly desire a state that values her women, protects the girl child and has zero-tolerance for abuse in any form. A state where your religion, age or tribe is a non-factor in having a fair chance of living your dreams.
“I must express my deep appreciation, both to our party leadership and our gubernatorial candidate for considering me worthy of such a great call to serve our people. I do not take this responsibility for granted.
“(Alt. I must express my deep appreciation, both to our party leadership and our gubernatorial candidate for considering me worthy of such a great call to serve our people. It is a call I take with reverence and utmost responsibility.)
“Given your mandate, be assured that the people’s governor, Dr Olajide Adediran with the support of my humble self, represents the much-needed breath of fresh air in Lagos State. Indeed we can achieve a Lagos that works for all. Let’s do this.”
Given your mandate, be assured that the people’s governor, Dr Olajide Adediran with the support of my humble self, represents the much-needed breath of fresh air in Lagos State. Indeed we can achieve a Lagos that works for all. Let's do this.
— Funke Akindele Bello (@funkeakindele) July 12, 2022
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Akindele’s nomination is coming barely a week after her colleague, Tonto Dikeh was also nominated as the running mate of the ADC governorship candidate in Rivers State.