Monday, November 12

Lady calls out Banky W just few hours after he declared for House of Reps


On Saturday, Banky W declared his intention to contest for the house of representatives in 2019 on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP).

The entertainer says he wants to represent the people of Eti-Osa local government area in Lagos.

As it's mostly the case, once one declare interest to run for a public office, your past deeds will be dug out.

Just barely 24hrs after he announced his intention, a Facebook user called out Banky W claiming that the music star and actor was insensitive to the travails of the voters while recounting an unpleasant ordeal during a registration exercise on 28th May 2018.

The lady, identified as Peppy Chidinma Akaniro, claimed that Banky W, his wife, Adesua Etomi, Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Captain Tunde Demuren were giving special treatments during the registration exercise while she and some Nigerians queued for hours under the scorching sun for hours.

However, she said the events of May 28th are long gone but it left a sour taste in her mouth and that of others who felt greatly disrespected and frustrated.

Read her post:

Letter to Banky W. On his declaration to run for House of Rep. under MDP.

Dear Banky,

Congratulations on choosing to step up to play your part in building a better Nigeria.

While I am truly excited about your candidacy, I have some reservations about you being in touch with the travails of the ordinary Nigerian. You see it’s easy for a celebrity to ride on their celebrity status and demand for change and ask everyone to get their voters card to vote the right candidates but most celebrities do not understand the struggles of everyday Nigerians.

On Monday 28th May 2018, I went to get my voters card at a school around Maruwa, in Lekki, Lagos State. I had been there for almost an hour, standing under the hot sun. People complained they had stood there for over 3 hours too. The queue was moving very slowly and the INEC official in charge treated people with blatant disrespect.

Around 11am, You arrived at the school with dark shades on and walked past the queue into the school. You neither acknowledged anyone on the queue nor ask to be given priority access. You simply used his celebrity status to jump the hoops and hurdles. After a while your wife, Adesua arrived and you came out to lead her in. When they were done, the INEC officials momentarily paused the registration process and started doing a mini photo shoot with You, Adesua, Ebuka, Cynthia and Tunde. The picture was posted on the INEC social media handles.

People grumbled under the hot sun while this photo shoot went on. Others left out of frustration.

If you don’t understand the travails of the voters, how can you change it?

It will be great if you use your status as a celebrity and a leader to let other celebrities understand that such behaviour is unacceptable.

What could you have done differently?

1) Acknowledge the people who had been standing under the hot sun for hours and crave their indulgence to allow you priority access. Although some of us left our lectures, our jobs or business to be in the queue for hours, we understand that what you left is more important and we won’t mind letting you go first if you ask nicely.

2) Arrange with the INEC officials to have a special time when you and your friends can go and process your voters’ card without disrespecting the struggles of the ordinary Nigerian.

3) Come early, pick a number and join the queue. Because then, we will believe that you understand and appreciate our struggles and frustration.

The events of May 28th are long gone but it left a sour taste in my mouth and that of all others who felt greatly disrespected and frustrated.

I sincerely hope that in future, you will act differently in such a situation. I wish you the best in your political endeavour and your career.

Signed
Chidinma A.
Ordinary Nigerian playing her part.

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