Lagos state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Olajide Adediran, popularly called, Jandor, officially announced Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, as his running mate for the coming 2023 election yesterday.
Jandor unveiled the Nollywood actress and Lawyer as his running mate at Ikorodu, Lagos. According to him Funke has what it takes for his and to move Lagos to a better place. He said that he took the decision based on the clear understanding of the task ahead and the need to work with a co-visionary with shared passion for the emancipation of the good.
He also described her as an ‘Ikorodu-born success story’ and made reference to how she has been able to make impact and transform the society through several projects and advocacy. Stating that the journey requires focus, resilience, and tenacity and Akindele is the right fit for it.
However they have been reactions from members of PDP , Lagos Chapter and opposition party.
In his reaction, a former state chairman of the party, Captain Tunji Shelle (rtd), said: “I don’t want to comment on that matter at all. Please leave me out of it.”
In like manner chieftain of the party, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse, also excused himself when he was called to react.
“Please, I am in a meeting. I will call you back,” he said.
Another chieftain who preferred to be anonymous said, “All I can tell you is that I have lost interest and trust in Jandor.”
But the immediate past Publicity Secretary of the Party, Taofeek Gani, urged party members to take a chill pill and allow leaders of the party to handle the situation.
He said, “Those who are angry have the right, but if we fail to manage the situation well, we can as well mismanage it and destroy our chances.”
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also reacted to the nomination of pro actress, Funke Akindele. The spokesman of the party, Mr. Seye Oladejo in a statement said the choice of Akindele “underscores the unseriousness of Lagos state PDP.”
He referred to PDP’S choice as amusing,
“I was amused to read that the deputy governorship candidate said she was suspending her acting career for the elections whose result is highly predictable. I guess she’s suspending a lot more because she has been in the news of recent for all the wrong reasons.
Lagosians will certainly not allow governance to be turned to a needless experiment or a sitcom. Governance is serious business not a circus.
Congratulations in advance to the duo of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.”