Real Reason Why I Chose Funke Akindele as Running Mate – Jandor
When it was revealed that Nollywood actress and filmmaker Funke Akindele would enter politics and contest for the position of deputy governor of Lagos State under the PDP banner with governorship candidate Abdul-Azees Adediran, better known as Jandor, many people in Nigeria were taken aback. The decision certainly surprised many, and even today, a lot of people wonder why Funke entered politics and why candidate Jandor chose her as his running mate over everyone else.
Jandor was asked this same issue during a recent appearance on TVC’s “Your View,” and this is what he said.
During the show, Jandor was asked “We interviewed Rhodes-Vivour here and he seems to be a very brilliant, intelligent Lagosian and you chose Funke Akindele [as your running mate]. Is it just for the feminine balance, or you just don’t think he’s as brilliant as we think he is?” He said
JANDOR: Okay, hmm. I mean, I need to first say this, and I need to first express my disappointment in all of you. She’s your friend but on this program, you never for once put up a defense for one of you. A Lagos girl child. That I chose to be my running mate when everybody was hitting hard and saying. What is wrong with Funke? This is somebody that has invested so much into this economy. Mentored young people that Lagos had paid zero attention to. Invested in this economy, employing people and all of that. So I’m just going to tell you that in this game, they speak about politics. “What does she know about politics?”and I ask you, what is politics? It’s just a game of numbers. Whoever can give you numbers, I mean, is a better politician. That’s one area. They said “what does she know about governance?” I ask what is governance? Because the failure of this twenty-three years have conditioned our head to think it’s rocket science to do governance. It’s just to see to the well being of the people of Lagos, and using and deploying their resources for the betterment of everybody in the state of Lagos. Nothing more. If this person has had cause to source for funds in her private business, turned it around, made profit. So why should anybody be asking. Rhodes-Vivour just as you said of course is also a very young, successful Lagosian. And for me not to find myself in a situation that we have had in this state before where a governor had to use three deputies, so it is better that I avoid it, and pick somebody that I can work with.
What do you think about what Jandor said and what do you think even now about Funke Akindele’s decision to go into politics and run for deputy governor?