Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, candidate of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP), who has recently declared his intentions to run for the Eti-Osa House of Representatives seat, has promised to publish his salary earnings as a legislator if he is elected.
He made this announcement while speaking during a debate organised by Media Room Hub in conjunction with BBC Pidgin and Pulse Nigeria against four other candidates at Civic Centre, Lekki, Lagos state on Monday, 4th of February, 2019.
Wellington posited that accountability is one of the biggest problems in governance and he has high hopes of changing this in the future. Together with publishing his salary as a legislator if elected, Wellington promised to be transparent in the spending of constituency allocations by consulting regular with the people.
“How I plan to address this myself is first of all, I’ll publish what I earn as a legislator – my salary, my allowance, the allocation given to Eti-Osa , I will publish it. We will have town halls and an active constituency office to engage the community to say this is the allocation we received, this us what we intend to spend it on”
Other candidates at the debate are Babajide Obanikoro of All Progressive Congress (APC), Omotesho Bakare of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tessy Owolabi of Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Ferdinand Adimefe of Alliance of New Nigeria (ANN)
Banky W and Godfatherism
During the debate for Eti-Osa House of Representative seat held in Lagos state, the issue of godfatherism was raised.
Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, said he has no political backing in his quest for the Eti-Osa seat.
” I do not have a godfather”, he said
He said that we only need God, ourselves, and the willingness to win elections.
However, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro of APC, stood in favor of godfatherism and even named his father as his godfather.
“My father is my godfather. I do have godfathers within the party and I do appreciate them. You need them to move forward…If you don’t need godfatherism, that is a total lie”
He, however, claims that political godfathers do not influence the tide of elections and electoral victory.
Other candidates like Tessy Owolabi of SDP said godfatherism can be stopped and should start within one’s community. Ferdinand Adimefe of ANN also said that his godfather is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).