August 10, 2022

Five celebrities who became political candidates

The call for youth inclusion in governance ahead of the 2023 general elections has led to a paradigm shift in the Nigerian political space.

The change is most noticeable in entertainment, as a plethora of celebrities are now getting into politics, and some have managed to become candidates.

In this piece, The punch spotlights five Nigerian celebrities who are running for different positions ahead of the 2023 elections.

Funke Akindele

Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele has been nominated as a candidate for Deputy Governor of the People’s Democratic Party of Lagos State.

With this position, she had become the running mate of the candidate for the governorship of the PDP State in Lagos, Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor.

While confirming her position, the actress revealed that she had put her acting career on hold to focus on her new political aspiration.

Banky W

Actor and singer, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W has won the main PDP ticket for Eti-Osa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives ahead of the 2023 general election.

It was a double win for the singer as he had been declared the winner in the first primary election, but the results slip showed his challenger, Sam Aiboni, as the winner.

Following the controversy, another primary was held after two weeks and Banky W again won, garnering 24 out of 29 votes cast by delegates.

Desmond Elliot

Actor Desmond Elliot, who currently represents Surulere Constituency I in the Lagos State Legislative Assembly, won the All Progressives Congress ticket for a third term.

In the primary held in May 202, Elliot garnered 30 votes as the sole candidate for the ticket.

Elliot contested and won the Surulere Constituency 1 seat in the general election on 11 April 2015. His nomination by APC for a second term came unopposed as well as the third.

Ned Nwoko

A popular businessman and politician, Ned Nwoko, won the People’s Democratic Party senatorial ticket for the Delta North district ahead of the 2023 general election.

To celebrate his victory, the politician poured more than 10 million naira on his staff, while he offered 100,000 naira each to more than 100 of his staff.

Nwoko is married to a famous Nigerian actress, Regina Daniels, and they have two sons together.

Odi Okojie

Actress Mercy Johnson’s husband, Odi Okojie, won the All Progressives Congress ticket for a seat in the Edo State House of Representatives.

With his victory, Okojie became the candidate for Esan Northeast/Southeast Federal Constituency ahead of the 2023 general election.

Okojie married Mercy Johnson in 2011 and they have four children together.