As you know I'm running for parliament in the 2010 UK general elections for Dulwich & West Norwood. The race is very tight. Last year, a survey was carried out in this constituency by the News Of The World and the forecast was that I would win. This year, things are a lot tougher as the party has dropped nationally in the polls. I need your help!
There are just about 20 days to go before polling day and Nigerians have been fantastic. My immediate circle of friends, ex-school mates, their friends and all our families have really rallied round and have been supportive.
UNFORTUNATELY, those that don't know me have been very unpleasant.
In a recent BBC interview, a caller insulted me because I'm Yoruba. I was very disappointed that a Nigerian woman who claims to have lived in London for 45 years has issues with me being Yoruba than with my political views and shamefully made her comments on national radio. We really need to get out of this mindset where we are fighting one another and try and support each other instead. Regardless of party allegiance, a Nigerian in parliament winning purely on merit and not because of her relatives or by buying the election will be amazing.
Like you, I am sick and tired of reading that Nigerians are fraudsters, terrorists, bombing airplanes or slaughtering each other in places like Jos. Our generation has suffered enough from the mistakes of the past, and it is up to us not to repeat them.
So I am asking for your help now to support a Nigerian who is trying to improve our national image and do something great here.
So my promise to you is this, If I get elected as a legislator, I will:
1) Use whatever influence I have to speak out against those who are cheating and robbing Nigeria and who seek refuge for themselves or their money in the UK.
2) Speak out against the UK backing any individuals who are
3) Fully support and help to publicize genuine grassroots initiatives such as #lightupNigeria, where the next generation of Nigerians are trying to change things for the better.
This is a chance to have someone who has real influence over what is going on with British-Nigerian relationships. It will not be about personal gain.
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