Popular activist, Deji Adeyanju has called on music star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido to run for office in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Adeyanju made the above known in a belated birthday post directed at Davido which he shared via his official Instagram page. Recall that Davido turned a year older on November 21, 2021.
In the weeks leading up to his birthday, Davido achieved the unthinkable as he was able to raise over N200 million in just three days after asking his friends and associates to send him money.
He has since decided to give all the monies to Orphanage homes adding an extra N50 million totalling N250 Million in a move many have described as the biggest charity of the year.
“I have always been passionate about giving back and helping people. In view of this, I am delighted to announce that all the funds received, totaling NGN 200,000.000.00, will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria as well as the Paroche foundation. In addition.” his statement read
“I will be making a personal donation of NGN 50,000,000.00, bringing the total amount to NGN 250,000,000.00.”
Following his magnanimous gesture, the singer has now been urged by Adeyanju to consider running for a seat in the House of Representatives come 2023.
”Happy birthday OBO Baddest @davido. I appeal to you to run for House of Reps in 2023 because you care about the people and know what the issues are. The N250m donation to the less privileged is a further justification of this assertion.” he wrote
The singer is yet to respond to Adeyanju’s plea.
Davido has in the past spoken about entering into politics at some point in the future. The singer’s family, the Adelekes, are deeply steeped in Nigerian politics.
HISTORY: Davido & Politics
The singer’s uncle, Isiaka Adeleke was the first civilian governor of the newly formed Osun state in 1992. Adeleke was also elected as the senator for Osun West in 2007.
Adeleke passed on after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, April 23, 2017. He died at Bikets Hospital where he was rushed to after suffering the attack.
Davido Visits Late Uncle’s Grave
After his demise, the then governor of the state now Federal Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola signed in an executive order setting up a coroner inquest headed by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, to investigate the cause of the death of late Adeleke.
Following his tragic passing, his younger brother, Ademola Adeleke decamped from the All Progressive Congress to the People’s Democratic Party thereafter contesting at the Osun west 2017 by-election and subsequently emerging as the winner.
In July 2018, Ademola Adeleke, also known as the dancing senator would emerge as the governorship candidate for PDP. He would eventually lose the elections under controversial circumstances to the current governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola via run-off.
He would later declare the election a “coup”.
Adeleke had been declared winner of the election at a tribunal sitting in Abuja in March 2019, however, an Appeal Court ruling in May 2019 would re-affirm Oyetola as the winner of the election.
The entire Adeleke clan felt cheated, including Davido. Following the painful loss at the Appeal court, Davido would take to Instagram where he expressed his disappointment at the turn of events.
“My people, we cannot hide our disappointment at the judgment of the Court of Appeal. It hurts, it’s extremely painful. But guess what? It is not the end. Far from it. Everyone remain calm,” he wrote on May 9, 2019.
“I want to urge all our supporters to remain calm at this time. As you all know there is one last and important lap. It is time for the last lap and the God I know and serve is in control.
“We have won the first leg. We have lost the second leg but I am certain that the highest court in the land will rectify and restore all that has been stolen from us with this judgment! Everyone stay calm and stay safe! See you at the Supreme court.”
Davido would be left with a bitter taste in his mouth at the end of the day though. In July 2019, Oyetola’s win was upheld by the Supreme Court as he was declared the unanimous winner of the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial election.
If I Contest, Nobody Can Beat Me – Davido
In September 2020, the singer would then open up on his political ambitions stating that there has to be an entire overhaul of the system first.
“Before I go into politics, they have to change the whole system. I’m not going to hustle and win the election, be sitting in my office then they will now take me to court and later tell me I did not win,” he said.
In October 2020, the singer would further speak on his aspirations to run for office, even joking that he would run for the apex office in the land, the Presidency.
Davido made this known in the final instalment of his BlackBox interview series with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. The “Fem” crooner kicked off the session by telling Ebuka the back story of how he got interested in politics.
“It started with my Uncle. It was the first time me being of age and my family member (my uncle) was running for office…See how God works, last born of Dad’s family, and he has never been in politics before. In Yoruba tradition when a person dies, they will give his family to finish the tenure but them no gree, they conducted the election and he won,” he said.
“Like play play he ran for the governorship primaries and won. Even the family members were surprised. We scattered Osun! When OBO come show? We beat them! Me wen I be don plan my room for government house.”
The singer was further quizzed on whether he would indeed run for office at some point in the future, to which he said; “If I run, nobody go beat me.”
“You will see. Presidency, I’m joking. I don’t know, I’ll probably start from the house of representatives,” he said. “This is the first time I am ever saying this, Yes I win run for office.”
Asked if his profession as a singer would affect his chances at the polls, he answered stating that to the contrary, it would further boost his chances.
”Wetin be the result for the last election wen I go when dem switch? So imagine say na me. So it’s not about me. We actually want to help. Even like in Osun, during Covid-19, popsi sent N500M for covid relief for nothing,” he said.
“Do you know my best channel, Ebuka? People think its MTV but it’s Channels news. I watch CNN, I know what’s going on in Russia. Now there is a crisis in Mali where the people removed a sitting president. I love politics. All I read is politics.”
He went on to talk about how he has lost faith in the electoral system in Nigeria. According to him, results can be manipulated to favour anyone in the country