Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has put her acting career spanning over 25 years on hold to pursue her political ambitions.
In a video posted to Instagram, she confirmed that she has been nominated as the deputy governorship candidate for the Lagos stateâ€™s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
She is a deputy to PDPâ€™s governorship candidate Dr Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
Funke Akindele, alias Jennifer, explained that she sees this next phase of her life as a bigger opportunity to serve humanity including working tirelessly to improve the lives of youths in Lagos.
â€œI am a Lagosian born out of Ikorodu so when the PDP gubernatorial candidate asked me to be his deputy governor I saw it as an opportunity to help liberate and improve the welfare of our people, particularly the deprived youth, women, and girl child.â€
â€œMy decision is not only to accept this huge responsibility to see our dear Lagos live up to its full potential with the people as its immediate beneficiaries,â€ the actress said.
She called out to residents of Lagos to throw their weight behind her and Jandor as they aim to make the city a better place for all.
â€œOver the years a lot of youths have been ignored and victimised for daring to have a dream so I use this opportunity to call out all well-meaning residents of the nation, especially the youths. Itâ€™s indeed time to use our numerical strength to our full advantage and time to rally ourselves and support our own.â€
Funke Akindele stated that accepting to run as deputy governor is a task she takes with reverence and utmost sense of responsibility in hopes to make a change in her country.
â€œIâ€™m not unaware of the cost of this assignment on my vibrant career which I must now necessarily put on hold. It is a huge personal sacrifice but my resolve is no sacrifice is too much for the actualisation of the urgent mission to rescue our people and dear state.”