Politics:Criticisms Rock PDP Lagos Chapter Over Jenifa's Choice As Running Mate

By Ifeanyi Ndukwe 

As the general elections prep, various party candidature choice is a matter of urgency. On that note, opposition party, PDP has face backlash after its choice of filmmaker and actress, Funke Akindele as running mate. Amongst the critics is acclaimed gay actor, Uche Maduagwu who said that the choice of the actress was not favorably to the party winning the state polls.

On its part, APC reacting to the incident says the opposition party went to the make-believe industry to fetch a deputy.

In an official statement at the party's Secretariat, its spokesperson, Seye Oladejo said the choice of Akindele as a deputy governorship candidate “underscores the unseriousness of Lagos state PDP.”

Oladejo said the opposition party did not only present a former APC member as its governorship candidate but also “went to the make-believe industry to fetch a deputy.”

“This amounts to trivializing the importance of the forthcoming gubernatorial elections by giving political neophytes who have absolutely nothing to bring to the table their electoral tickets.

“The reason for voters’ apathy is, undoubtedly, due to lack of credible alternatives by the moribund opposition party.

“I was amused to read that the deputy governorship candidate said she was suspending her acting career for the elections whose result is highly predictable. I guess she’s suspending a lot more because she has been in the news of recent for all the wrong reasons.

“Lagosians will certainly not allow governance to be turned to a needless experiment or a sitcom. Governance is serious business not a circus”.

He, however, congratulated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in advance of the 2023 governorship election.

However, Akindele has notably omitted her ex-husband name as part of her surname in her political ambition.