Nigerian singer turned politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, has emerged winner of the PDP House of Representatives rerun primaries for Eti-Osa constituency of Lagos State.
The election was held on Monday at the party secretariat on Alpha Beach road in Eti-Osa Local government area of Lekki
At the end of the voting by 28 delegates from the wards and one national delegate (a total of 29 delegates), Banky W polled 24 votes to defeat his only opponent, Sam Aiboni who scored 5 votes.
The returning officer, Ojosegun Abayomi, who declared Banky W winner, described the process as peaceful and transparent
Reacting to his victory, Banky W expressed gratitude to the party for the opportunity to represent it and said that he was very thankful to the people as well.
“I want to thank the party for taking its time to ensure we did this election again to make sure it was free and fair. I want to thank the leaders, the delegates, the party members, the presiding officer, INEC, the DSS and the police for being here to ensure this election is free and fair”, he said.
He thanked his opponent and stated that he was a formidable competitor but he did not see him as an opponent, rather, brothers on the same side.
“I hope that after today, we will be working together to win Eti-Osa for our people. I believe that we can do so much better, Nigeria is in a heartbreaking place and we need people that have our interest and that of our nation and community at heart.
“I promise that given this mandate, I will be a servant by God’s grace and I will make the people of Eti-Osa, Lagos state and Nigeria proud.
“We did it again and by the grace of God, we will continue to win,” he said.
On his part, Abioni offered congratulations to the winner and thanked the party for the free and fair election conducted.
“The election was conducted in accordance to the rules and I want to use this opportunity to congratulate Banky W for taking up the mantle and being the next member to represent the able house at the next election in 2023”, he said.