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Banky W – Why I’m Running For Office

It’s no more news that Olubankole Wellington (Banky W) has joined a political party and declared his interest to run for office. He’ll be running for the Federal House of representatives, Eti-Osa LGA in Lagos state under the umbrella of the Modern Democratic Party. These were some of the people who pushed the not too young to run bill.

Of course, there have been mixed reactions due to Banky’s attempt to run for office. However, he won’t be the first celebrity to do that. Nigerian actor and movie producer Desmond Elliot ran for the Federal house of representation in Lagos, that was during the 2015 elections. Others also ran such as, only Desmond Elliot won though.

Below is an excerpt of the speech he delivered

‘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 to our leaders for change… instead, look in the mirror and look around you.

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? ‘’ 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 cannot 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.  



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