Nigerian singer, Kcee says some political parties are requesting money in exchange for a governorship ticket.
After the passage of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill at the senate, the singer born Kingsley Okonkwo had announced his intentions to contest for the governorship seat in Anambra.
In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin Minds, a program on Channels TV, the 38-year-old singer said his declaration was not a publicity stunt for his just-released album.
“For me, it wasn’t a publicity stunt and it wasn’t for my album. It was me trying to express how I feel about my people. I woke up and I felt like it’s time for us to stand up as youths. I decided to come out and serve my people,” he said.
“Use what you have to get what you want, that’s what I have and if I tell the people about my ambition, they will pay attention. Doing that was not necessarily a stunt to sell the album, I’ve been doing that over the years and I have been selling records.”
He said most youths in the country have suffered the same ordeal he is suffering.
“The issues I have is the problem most youths who are dedicated and ready to take our country forward. I’m in a party but I’m not going to mention the party.
“We’re still running in a circle because there are some people I call godfathers that are still running the political arena and it seems like you can’t do anything without them.
“You go into a party and say you have what it takes and everybody is asking you ‘who told you, do you think this is Limpopo?’. And you go to the other party and they say ‘okay, I’ll give you the ticket unopposed but you need to pay XYZ’.
“I don’t think its wise for me to pay to serve my people. So when people tell me to pay them to serve them, it doesn’t sound well to me.”
When asked if his name would appear on the election ballot paper, Kcee could not give a direct response.
“Let’s see how it goes before then. I’m being honest with you because there are some things going down and I am standing my ground,” he said.
“Standing my ground is I don’t want to go the route they want me to because those are the problems the sitting governors are facing when you have people sponsoring your projects and commanding you.”