Popular Nollywood actress turned politician, Funke Akindele, has broken her silence on her defeat in the March 18 gubernatorial elections in Lagos.
Funke, who was the running mate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, was defeated by the incumbent governor and All Progressives Congress candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking on the elections via her social media pages on Monday, March 20, after she deleted all political posts from her Instagram page, the mother of two said she doesn’t regret running for office.
“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 honorable 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 would 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!” She wrote.