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I have enough money for my campaign –Dayo Adeneye D1

Leading showbiz personality and aspiring
politician, Dayo Adeneye, speaks with CHUX OHAI
about his ambition to contest in the 2015 general
election
Co-founder of Kennis Music and Prime Time
Entertainment, Dayo Adeneye, practically pulled a
surprise on many people, especially his fans and
those who are familiar with his antecedents in the
entertainment industry, when he announced his
intention to run for an elective office in 2015.
Saying he was prodded by his friends, associates
and kith and kin in Odogbolu, Adeneye did not
just declare that he would contest for a seat in
the Ogun State House of Assembly under the
platform of the All Progressives Congress, he went
on to pick up a nomination form at the party’s
office to prove that he was serious.
The show businessman, no doubt, is the latest
entrant from the entertainment industry to join
the race for next year’s general election. The
others include Desmond Elliot, Kate Henshaw,
Akande Abolore (9ice), Kenny St Best, Tony
Tertuila, Bob Manuel Udokwu and Gift Uwame
(Muma Gee), to mention a few.
But Adeneye, who is known to many music fans in
Nigeria as simply D1, does not want to be counted
among entertainers who are going into politics for
pecuniary gains.
Against the backdrop of insinuations that he, like
other artistes who have since declared their
intention to run for elective office, might be
driven by the desire to make money, he insists
that he is going into politics to serve and not to
enrich himself at the expense of the masses.
He says, in an interview with our correspondent,
“Anybody who knows me will testify that I made
money when I was young. I was a millionaire in
my 20s. I have built my houses. Kenny and I were
among the first people in Nigeria to own Hummer
Jeeps. We were also among the first to own the
latest models of the Range Rover Sport Utility
Vehicle. This is not about boasting; I have made
my mark. I am not looking for money. Everybody
knows my pedigree. I am a hardworking person
and I have businesses in communication and
hospitality.
“My campaign is funded from my private savings
account. I am not depending on anybody to
bankroll it. I am not begging anybody for funds,
though my friends and my relations are willing to
help. I am funding my campaign from my pocket.
I am going into politics to serve. I have decided
that, since my children are in the university, now
is the time to help build my country. What future
am I going to leave for my children if they have no
country to come back to? So I am not going into
politics for money.”
But, just as the others have different reasons for
vying for elective office, Adeneye, who has
expressed his desire to represent Odogbolu
Constituency at theOgun State House of
Assembly, sees the political theatre as an avenue
to leave a lasting legacy for generations of
Nigerians yet unborn.
Explaining why he wants to contest in the general
election, he says, “Look at the rot in this country.
We cannot all just sit back in our sitting rooms
and continue to complain that the country is not
good, the roads are bad and the power sector is
not working. Somebody has to come out and do
something about these things. Now is the time to
help solve the problems in my country. And this is
why I am running for a seat in the Ogun State
House of Assembly.”
Having made an impact in the private sector and
driven by an urge to give his best to his country,
especially at the grass roots level, Adeneye
believes that he is sufficiently qualified and
equipped to lead his people.
Listing his achievements, he continues, “Anybody
who knows my antecedents will tell you that my
real interest has always been to serve this
country. I came back to Nigeria at a time most
people were planning to leave. I left a plum job in
the United States to contribute my quota to the
development of the country through the private
sector. I became a part of the change that gave
birth to the African Independent Television and
Raypower FM radio station. That was when
nobody believed in 24-hour broadcasting in
Nigeria.
“When Kenny Ogungbe and I came into the
entertainment industry, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was
the highest paid musician and he was collecting
only N25,000 per show. But, today, through our
efforts we have artistes like P-Square and Tuface
Idibia who are collecting about N10m and more,
per show. If we did these things with our own
funds, imagine what we can do if given the
mandate to serve the people.
“If we can take unemployed youths, people like
the Edrees Abdulkareem and the Tony Tertuilas of
this world from the unknown and turn them into
Nigeria’s mega-super stars and mega-millionaires
who are contributing their quotas to nation-
building and they pay taxes, we are stimulating
the economy and creating people who are also
stimulating the economy in their own ways.
Imagine that we have the machinery of
governance in our hands, how much more that
we can do for this country. That is why I have
acceded to the requests of my people to contest
for an elective office in 2015.”
Disappointed that many Nigerians are not
encouraging entertainers to vie for elective office,
he wonders if they would rather have car
mechanics and vulcanisers run the affairs of
government instead.
“For crying out loud, entertainers are also serving
Nigeria in their own way. They provide the people
entertainment. Comedians make you laugh and
musicians make you happy, yet you don’t want to
vote for them. Are they not Nigerian citizens?
They have a right to vote and be voted for,” he
says.

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