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Reasons I entered politics - Banky W

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On Wednesday, singer Bankole Wellington, better known by his stage as Banky W, revealed why he decided to enter politics despite being a successful businessman and entertainer.

He claimed that his decision to enter politics was motivated by a desire to go beyond activism and disrupt the status quo of existing institutions.

The singer, who is running for the PDP's House of Representatives nomination in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency, claimed that the longer young people stay away from traditional politics, the more dysfunctional society will remain.

He said, "We must engage with the system from where it is and fight for what we stand for and what we want to happen," he said when he appeared on Arise TV’s The Morning Show.

When ask, on why he joined politics, Wellington said, "We need more people to participate in politics. I have participated in peaceful protests just like anybody that I know among my peers.

"But the goal of activism and advocacy is improvement and if you haven’t seen the impact you seek, then that activism is not enough.

"So, for me, the message started changing from just raising awareness via activism and advocacy to saying we have to start moving from protests to politics.

"We have to start taking these energies and channeling them toward getting like-minds into the government and using that consensus of like-minds to get a change and that is where my mindset started changing and in 2018 I started feeling like the problem in Nigeria is top-down and the solution is from the bottom up.

"So we need to start focusing on the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives, and the States House of Assembly. 

"So, when I ask young people about their representatives, most of them don’t know who is running for office in their constituencies.

"And I started thinking that if with my education, success, background, audience, following, and voice and I can’t stick my neck out that I can be a part of this system and can bring a solution to the table, who am I waiting for to get involved in the system?

"So, in 2018, I prayed about it and I informed my wife and what she told me was that ‘you know politics in Nigeria is dirty and I know your heart and I know the system is what it is and I don’t want anything that will soil your hands’ and I told her that the truth of the matter is politics will always be dirty and dangerous until good people start to be intentional about putting like-minds in the system."

Regarding the governor's race in 2023, he predicted that the results of the Lagos State governor's race in 2019 would surprise everyone.

He claimed that Dr. Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor, the PDP candidate for governor of Lagos, has begun preparations for the upcoming election.

"The amount of homework Jandor has done in Lagos to pull off an upset "would shock people," he said.

























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