Tuesday, May 21, 2024

How PDP chose Banky W as candidate for Eti Osa

Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W has emerged the candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Eti Osa house of reps race.

Banky W, a musician and actor, has secured the PDP house of representatives ticket for the Eti-Osa constituency.

The celebrity achieved a sound victory, polling 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates at the primary.

He contested against legal practitioner, Mr Sam Aiboni, who polled three votes.

The delegates consisted of 31 ad hoc members of the PDP and one national delegate.

The Returning Officer, Mr Ayodele Kazeem, who declared the results, described the process as peaceful and transparent.

Banky W told the press that the election was a free and fair one, he stated that he had won the election by the grace of God and the will of the people.

He expressed gratitude to the party for the opportunity to represent it and said that he was very thankful to the people as well.

“I am overwhelmed by the support of my constituency, the people, the ward chairmen, the leaders and the chieftains of the party.

“I feel the support even from the grassroots, honestly, I can’t be happier than I am now,” he said.

Banky added that he had a message, a vision and a mandate to do things better in the constituency and that he would achieve them through transparency, accountability and service.

“The real work begins now, the primaries are just the start and thankfully, we have the grace of God with us; we move,” he added.

The question on the lips of many political observers is: how did Bank W get the ticket of the main opposition party? It was unfathomable for many, as he joined the party less than two months ago.

Some people even made fun of him. Now he is having the last laugh. Experience they say, is the best teacher. The talent groomer isn’t new to politics as he was in the race in 2019 on the platform of what they called “mushroom party.”

According to reliable sources within his camp, as soon as he joined the PDP last month, he did not rely on members of the party in the state alone. He sought the support of the likes of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki to clinch the party’s ticket. Both heavy weights of the party who believe in carrying young people along, threw their weights behind him, and the rest is history.

Senate President Bukola Saraki with Banky W

Banky is likely to face Babajide Obanikoro, son of former minister of state for defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, the current lawmaker representing the constituency on the APC platform in the election in 2023.

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Yusuf Mohammed
Yusuf Mohammedhttp://yusufcolumnist@gmail.com
Yusuf Mohammed, an experienced Nigerian journalist, writer and editor, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Relations from Al-Hikmah University. He cut his journalism teeth at Business Hallmark newspaper in 2013. From Business Hallmark, he moved to New Telegraph newspaper where he was an editorial staff from 2015 – 2017. In 2017, he joined The Next Edition as a pioneer staff and helped to take it to the summit of online platforms. He had a second spell at Business Hallmark in 2019 before establishing The Columnist Ng, a platform dedicated to publishing articles of renowned Nigerian writers. Mohammed's writings have been published in several Nigerian newspapers and magazines such as Daily Trust, Premium Times, The Cable and Newswatch. His tribute to the late football great, Diego Maradona was published in three magazines, including Air Peace in-flight Magazine in 2020.


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