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Why I’m running for political office – Banky W



Nigerian singer and politician, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, has opened up on why he ventured into politics.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos disclosed that his son is one of the reasons he decided to go into politics.

Banky W made the disclosure during an interview with Daily Trust.

He said that he doesn’t want his son to grow up and experience Nigeria in the same state that it is now, or worse.

Wellington said vying for public office is a strenuous, arduous and tedious endeavour.

He said, “It’s definitely not easy juggling fatherhood and being a husband, a businessman, and a business owner. Running for the office is easily the most grueling, difficult, draining, most time-consuming thing that you could ever do.

“So it’s not so easy juggling all those responsibilities. But for me, I think that there are a couple of important things. Number one, when I look into my son’s face, I look into his eyes, I realize that he’s the reason that I’m doing this because I don’t want him to grow up and experience Nigeria in the same state that it is now, or worse.

“I want to be able to look him in the face and say you know what, when things were going bad, I tried and I did my best and I gave it the best that I could. It’s important for me to do this so that as he grows up and looks back and sees what his father did and what his parents represented and what they tried to stand for in their time, he has something to be proud of regardless of where society is.

“Hopefully, we do enough that society itself is better for for him, and the generations to come. So for me, he’s partly a reason I feel the most important thing that I will ever do is getting into our government and trying to do things better. But then the other thing which is just as important is understanding that your family is your first ministry, your family is your first calling.”



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