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‘I Sincerely Do Not Regret’ – Funke Akindele Speaks After PDP’s Defeat In Governorship Election




Funke Akindele

Nollywood actress cum Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy Governorship candidate in Lagos State, Funke Akindele, has broken silence following the party’s defeat at the poll.

Naija News earlier reported that INEC, in the early hours of Monday, declared, the state governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the election.

Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes to defeat Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and Adediran, who got 312,329 and 62,449 votes, respectively.

In a statement via Instagram on Monday, Funke expressed appreciation to everyone who supported her during the campaign period.

The thespian noted that the journey to the ballot was a learning curve for her and she sincerely does not regret taking the huge step.

She also encouraged Nigerians not to give up on the country following the outcome of the elections.

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 towards the system, however, if we do not speak, we would never be heard. I’m glad that we could at least speak up.

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“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.”