Showbiz mogul and political aspirant, Dayo Adeneye popularly known as D1 has said that he is not branching into politics to fill his pockets but rather, to make a change. D1 who aims to represent Odogbolu Constituency at the Ogun State House of Assembly come 2015 made this known in an exclusive interview with Punch. He said, “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.
He argued that money has never been his problem saying “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.
“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.
He also said that his campaign is funded from his personal savings and he is not begging any one out there for financial assistance.