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2022 Electoral Act is a game changer in 2023 election, says Banky W

By Kehinde Olatunji
10 October 2022   |   5:35 am
The House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has stated that the 2022 Electoral Act would serve

[FILES] Banky W

The House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has stated that the 2022 Electoral Act would serve as a game changer in the 2023 elections.   

Speaking at his campaign flag-off and Mega Fitness Walk at Lekki Phase one, Banky W noted that with the Electoral Act, it would not be easy to rig elections.
Banky W who is vying for a seat in Eti-Osa Federal Constituency, said people now have assurance and confidence that their votes would count, adding that gaining the people’s trust is very important in winning as elections will be won or lost at polling units.

He said: “I’m very optimistic about winning the election, and for once, the Electoral Act has become a game changer because the manner that elections used to be rigged will really not be effective anymore and now people have that assurance and confidence that votes actually do count. So, once you have your people behind you, then you stand a better chance because this election will be won and lost at each specific polling unit.

“That is why our focus is on engaging the communities and letting them know where we stand and working together with them to get the seat at the end of the day. I think we have a great chance of winning this constituency because the people are excited about my candidacy. I ran in 2019 on an independent party platform and for me, 2019 was about planting the seed but 2023 is about winning the seat and we will win the seat with the support of our people.
“We have a robust legislative agenda that we have fine-tuned over the past few years. We focus on areas like education and try to bring technology into all the various wards in Eti-Osa to give young people a chance to have the kind of skill set that makes them relevant and able to become either entrepreneurs or employees in this century.

“There are things we want to focus on with healthcare. For instance, it will shock people to know that we don’t have a general hospital with all the internally generated revenue from this constituency. So, if somebody falls sick in Sangotedo, the person will have to go all the way down to Lagos Island before he or she gets healthcare.

“So, we will be fighting for things like healthcare, education and gender equity. I’m excited about the plans that we have for the people because they are very good.”

The apex leader of the Banky W campaign council, Adeniyi Adams, said his candidate is saleable, popular and intelligent.

“The chances are extremely high because things are changing and with the new electoral law, it is going to be extremely difficult to rig the people out. So, they know that their votes will count and they are all out to support him.  

“He (Banky W) has empathy for the people and he has been showing love to people of this constituency not because he wants to come out for the election. He has been doing it for over a decade. So, you understand that people are actually yearning for him because it is no longer about him but about the change people want,” he said.

Tolani Animashaun, the Director General Admin and Finance for BankyW House of Reps campaign organisation, said given the current situation of the country, candidates under the PDP have a chance of winning across board.

On the crisis in the party, she said. “PDP’s house is in order. Forget about what the media write because they want to have some sensation. What is put out is different from what is happening inside. 

“The ones that you don’t hear about are those that you should be scared of, so, you need to go and find out why you don’t hear about them. We don’t have issues in our party.”