Popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele Bello has finally confirmed her nomination as the running mate to Olajide ‘Jandor’ Adediran, who is the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 Governorship election in Lagos State.
Her confirmation which was done on her official social media handle on Tuesday 12th July 2022, comes a few days after she was rumoured to have been chosen by the major opposition party in the state and Nigeria.
Actress Funke Akindele Bello in confirming her nomination after accepting the offer also clarified her Lagos state indigeneship.
The actress said over the years, youths have been ignored while their dreams are cut short. She added that it is now time to use “our numerical strength” as an advantage in the forthcoming election.
“Dear Lagosians, I must share my decision to venture into a more significant facet of humanitarian service with you all.
Through God’s grace, my 25-year career in the entertainment sector has seen much success and given me the privilege to engage with people from all walks of life.
It was also within that period, that my passion for contributing to the growth of youth, women and children was solidified.
Coupled with an upbringing dedicated to service to others and value for life, compassion for others is second nature to me,” she said.
Actress Funke Akindele Bello On Her Lagos Indigeneship And Why She Accepted The Offer
Funke Akindele Bello taking to her official Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said she hails from Ikorodu and sees her selection as a huge responsibility and an opportunity to improve the welfare of the youth.
“As a Lagosian born out of Ikorodu, when asked to join Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR) as his running mate for next year’s gubernatorial elections– the opportunity to help liberate and improve the welfare of our people could not be ignored.
I found JANDOR to be young, brave, knowledgeable and compassionate. Most importantly, his commitment to making the wealth of Lagos truly reflect in the living standards of all her residents is genuine & remarkable. My decision is not only to accept this huge responsibility. But to work tirelessly and complement JANDOR’s burning desire to see our dear state of Lagos live up to its full potential, where the people are made the top priority as immediate and direct beneficiaries.
I use this opportunity to appeal to the well-meaning residents of Lagos, especially the youth: There is strength in numbers, and we must use this to our advantage. It is time to take our rightful people in matters that concern our lives and our future.
Over the years, a great number of men and women with immense potential have been ignored, victimized, and sometimes killed, for daring to dream. Nothing can justify why our beloved city can be ranked the 2nd worst to live in globally, despite our N45bn in monthly revenue.
This is the time to change our story and our lives. I am greatly aware of the cost of this assignment and prepared to make the personal sacrifice of putting my career on hold, to serve. My resolve is that no sacrifice is too much for the good of our people and state,” she added.
Funke Akindele Bello Also Touched On Gender And Girl Child
The actress who has also fought against violence against women and child in her popular television series ‘Jenifa’ vowed to continue the fight if elected.
“As a woman, I strongly desire a state that values her women, protects the girl child and has zero-tolerance for abuse in any form. A state where your religion, age or tribe is a non-factor in having a fair chance of living your dreams.
I must express my deep appreciation, both to our party leadership and our gubernatorial candidate for considering me worthy of such a great call to serve our people. I do not take this responsibility for granted. (Alt. I must express my deep appreciation, both to our party leadership and our gubernatorial candidate for considering me worthy of such a great call to serve our people. It is a call I take with reverence and utmost responsibility.)
Given your mandate, be assured that the people’s governor, Dr Olajide Adediran with the support of my humble self, represents the much-needed breath of fresh air in Lagos State. Indeed we can achieve a Lagos that works for all. Let’s do this,” she added.