Nollywood star, Funke Akindele also known as Jenifa has been confirmed as the 2023 deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Lagos governorship race.
Her candidacy was confirmed on Tuesday by the Lagos governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Olajide Adediran aka Jandor in a sponsored advert.
Naija News understands Akindele defeated other aspirants including former Governorship aspirant Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour; former Senatorial candidate for Lagos East, Yeye Shobajo, another governorship aspirant, David Kolawole Vaughan known as Dakova and Engr. Teslim Balogun to clinch the slot.
It is understood that the decision was reached based on the fact that Funke Akindlele is from Ikorodu and Lagos East Senatorial District like the incumbent Deputy Governor and would be able to use her popularity to pull votes for the PDP.
Confirming the development, Akindele also posted a video on her verified Instagram page where she disclosed why she accepted the role.
“I saw it as an opportunity to help liberate and improve the wellbeing of our people, particularly the deprived youth, women and the girl child.
“My decision is not just to accept this huge responsibility but to also work tirelessly and complement Jandor’s burning desire to see our dear Lagos live up to its full potential,” she said.
Akindele will be officially unveiled as running mate to Jandor in Ikorodu later today.
The event is scheduled to hold at the residence of the apex leader of Lagos4Lagos Movement, late Mrs Adenrele Ogunsanya, Ikorodu, by 11 am.