Nigerian music producer cum politician, Olubankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, has opened up on why he joined politics despite being a successful entertainer.
According to the singer, he joined politics because that was the only way to change systems that were not working, and also to make a difference beyond political activism. Banky W, who disclosed this on Arise TV’s The Morning Show stated that “we must engage with the system from where it is and fight for what we stand for and what we want to happen.” The singer, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency, remarked that the longer the young people sit out from mainstream politics, the more the dysfunction would remain. He continued saying, the real opponent in Nigeria is apathy adding that more Nigerians sit out from the political process in fear of the power of godfathers, and the despised old order will remain. Speaking to the issue of the forthcoming election next year, he opined that people will be shocked by the outcome of the Lagos State governorship election next year. He said the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Dr Olajide Adediran, known better as Jandor, has put in works for the forthcoming election. “People will be shocked with the number of groundworks Jandor has done in Lagos to pull up an upset,” he said. Recall that Banky W won the PDP primaries for the constituency held on May 22 across the state that was cancelled by the party. A rerun election took place on Monday, June 6 at the party secretariat on the Alpha Beach road in Eti-Osa Local government area of Lekki, where he emerged winner again. In a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo, Banky W described his political aspiration as something bigger than him, adding that he joined the PDP to make reforms. He said: “It’s a question of learning over the last few years… that we have to engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we want it to be. “At the end of the day, we can’t be content with just shouting from the sidelines. We can realise that some of us have to infiltrate the system, and some of us have to get into the major platforms that exist and reform even those platforms.” “So this is bigger than – and I say this with all sincerity and with all honesty – that it’s much bigger than me trying to get a seat in the House of Representatives,” he said
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