Funke Akindele: I Am Not A Figurehead ‘Deputy Governor’
Actress turned politician, Funke Akindele will not settle for just a figurehead deputy governor position.
The filmmaker would love to influence positive changes and decisions within her political party and the administration of her principal if elected.
In Nigeria, deputy governors are mere ceremonial as they don’t often have a say in decision-making activities and the running of the state.
Recognizing that fact, another actress who turned politician and gunning for a similar position in Rivers state, Tonto Dikeh, recently said, that in spite that deputies are ‘spare tyres’ she will make sure that, her principal gets the best extra-tyre any governor has ever had in the past or in the present.
Posed with the same question, on how she will actualize her programmes for the youths, women, and children knowing that key decisions lie with the governor, Funke Akindele said, “Dr. Olajide Adediran is someone that listens, he has listening ears, he carries his people along. I m not a figurehead, we are going to talk about it together, and we are going to make the decisions together. I am coming in for the women, youth, and children, anything that would make life easier for them, to empower the young people, I will do it and I will be listened to, we will do it together.”
Funke has been named the Peoples Democratic Party deputy governorship candidate of Lagos State, with this position, she had become the running mate of the PDP Lagos State governorship candidate, Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor.