Nige­rian En­ter­tainer, Banky W, En­ters House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Race

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Nseobong Okon-Ekong

A Nige­rian mu­si­cian, Mr. Olubankole ‘ Banky W’ Welling­ton yes­ter­day an­nounced his in­ten­tion to con­test fed­eral leg­isla­tive elec­tion on the plat­form of Mod­ern Demo­cratic Party (MDP).

Olubankole, ac­tor, writer and di­rec­tor known for his ad­vo­cacy and pas­sion for vot­ers’ ed­u­ca­tion, dis­closed that he would con­test the race to rep­re­sent Eti-Osa Fed­eral Con­stituency in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2019.

He made the dec­la­ra­tion at the con­ven­tion of theMDP, a po­lit­i­cal party founded in 2017 by a con­sor­tium of youth as­so­ci­a­tions.

The MDP is one po­lit­i­cal par­ties whose to­tal num­ber of can­di­dates for the 2019 pres­i­den­tial and na­tional as­sem­bly elec­tions are in the sin­gle digit bracket. The Mod­ern Demo­cratic Party (MDP) and the Youth Party (YP) have two nom­i­nees each for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The MDP is led by Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olag­begi, a 27 year-old youth ac­tivist and en­tre­pre­neur. The party along with 21 other par­ties re­ceived their cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion from the INEC last Jan­uary.

Ap­plauded by friends and as­so­ci­ates in Nige­ria’s cre­ative in­dus­try, Welling­ton, 37, will run for a seat in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Eti-Osa where he said there was need for re­newed hope and re­sults, just like the rest of Nige­ria.

He said, “We want to fix Nige­ria, but we must be­gin by re­build­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. Ev­ery­body seems so ob­sessed with the pres­i­den­tial race – it’s one of the most fre­quent sug­ges­tions I get, ‘Banky W, run for Pres­i­dent.’

“I do be­lieve in dream­ing big, but I be­lieve in start­ing small, and work­ing your way up. And so, we are dream­ing and build­ing to­wards 2023 and be­yond, but we are start­ing now. Hope is what we needed in ’93. Twenty-five years later, hope is what we need in 2019.”

Ex­press­ing res­o­lute op­ti­mism, Welling­ton said, ‘‘ 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 have 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.

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