By Rita Okoye, Lagos
Lagos People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Deputy Governor Funke Akindele has opened up on her defeat in the March 18 poll.
Akindele, a popular Nollywood actress, stated that she has no regrets about running for office in Lagos State.
Akindele and candidate for Governor Abdul-Azeez Adediran (aka Jandor) were defeated by the incumbent governor and All Progressives Congress candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In an Instagram post on Monday, she wrote, “It has been an amazing and insightful experience on my journey to the ballot, and I must say, it was an absolute learning curve for me. A lot of things have been learned and unlearned. I sincerely do not regret taking this huge step of running for office.
“I, therefore, want to thank the people of Lagos state for believing in me and supporting my decision to run for office. I saw every message of support online and offline, I heard of all the places where people supported me and challenged those who tried to discredit me.
“I remember every warm welcome during our campaign tour and the faith you all showed in me. The elections might not have panned out in the way we hoped, but it was an honourable run for us. We fought a good fight indeed, as a matter of fact.
“I also want to encourage all who mean well for the Nation and the state of Lagos not to give up. I understand that some of us are beginning to develop some sort of apathy toward the system, however, if we do not speak, we will never be heard. I’m glad that we could at least speak up.
“Thank you once again Lagos, for showing your daughter support. As I consider my next moves in life, I will continue prioritizing the good of the people and the integrity of my position as an advocate for the people. Eko oni baje!”
Following the outcome of the election, the actress deleted all posts relating to politics and the PDP from her Instagram.
Checks showed that the posts visible on her page of 15.7 million followers were that of her movie promotion and other personal posts.