Banky W Jubilant After Winning PDP Rerun Primaries & Reps Ticket (Video)
Nigerian celebrity Olubankole Wellington (Banky W) has won the PDP House of Representatives and rerun primaries for the Eti-Osa federal seat in Lagos State for the second time.
Banky W won the PDP primaries for the seat, which were held across the state on May 22 and then cancelled by the party, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The artist and actor, on the other hand, was elected with a landslide vote of 24 to 5 in the rescheduled poll.
The election was held at the party secretariat on Alpha Beach Road in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lekki, according to NAN.
The election, which began at 4.45 p.m. and lasted 30 minutes, had two contenders, 28 ward delegates, and one national representative, for a total of 29 delegates.
Banky W ran against Sam Aiboni, a lawyer who was also a contender.
Ojosegun Abayomi, the returning officer, inspected the 29 delegates and declared the absence of two of them.
He pronounced Banky W the winner at the end of the primaries and praised the process as calm and transparent.
Banky W expressed his thanks to the party for the opportunity to represent it, as well as the people, in response to his victory.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the party for taking the effort to ensure that we had this election again to guarantee that it was free and fair.”
“I want to express my gratitude to the leaders, delegates, party members, the presiding officer, INEC, the DSS, and the police for securing a free and fair election.”
He congratulated his opponent and acknowledged that he was a powerful opponent, but he did not regard him as an adversary, but rather as a brother on the same side.
“After today, I hope we will be working together to win Eti-Osa for our people.”
“I feel we can do so much better; Nigeria is in a terrible situation, and we need individuals that care about us, our country, and our society.”
“I swear that if I am granted this mandate, by God’s help, I would be a servant and make the people of Eti-Osa, Lagos State, and Nigeria proud.”
“We did it again,” he declared, “and with God’s help, we will continue to win.”
Mr. Abioni, for his part, congratulated the winner and commended the party for conducting a free and fair election.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Banky W for taking up the mantle and being the next member to represent the able house at the next election in 2023,” he added.